The Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila insignis) takes its common name from the bright yellow colour of the silk from which the female builds its large webs. The latin name Nephila is in fact not latin but derived from ancient Greek and means “fond of spinning”. She particularly favours monsoon vine thickets. She is up to 45mm in body length but is generally very docile and rarely bites. A number of males may share her web. Nephila is a genus with numerous species found in warmer places all around the world. Wiki notes that in Japanese folklore, Jorogumo is thought to be a Nephila (Joro spider) which can shapeshift its appearance into that of a seductive woman.

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