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The smaller male Golden Orb Weaver (above female) cautiously approaches the gravid female to mate with her. After mating the female frequently eats the male; confusing him with food items vibrating the web. The males pedipalps are swollen with a sperm bundle which he has transferred from his genital opening. During mating this sperm bundle is injected into the female's genital opening; the male then scurries away. The beautiful golden colour of the web filaments gives the species name. // Golden Orb Weaver Spider - Nephilidae: Nephila sp.; Female body to 25mm diameter when full of eggs; legspan to 200mm; male body to 6mm diameter; legspan to 25mm; Guy-lines for the 60-100mm diameter web may reach to 5m or more from the orb; and are often multi-stranded; and of a deep iridescent golden colour; Widespread in warmer-climate areas of Australia; Asia; Africa; America. / Dead wattle (Acacia) flower heads are caught in the web.  //