Giant Wood Spider, nephila pilipes [formerly known as nephila maculata]. If you consider the female of this species and the webs they build, yes they are giants but if you look at the males, you will say they are tiny! Anyways, many of you know that female spiders are usually much larger than their male counter parts.

Female in the centre, with yellow coloration, and you can spot the male on the top right fringe of the web, with a red coloration. [Clicking on the image will give a larger picture]. Females are large and grow to a body size of 30-50mm, with males growing to 5–6 mm. Giant Wood Spider females weave the biggest webs in India. The web can be from 1 to 2 meters in diameter. So you can guess how large the the web is!

giant wood spider, nephila pilipes, male and female, india

We spotted this web far high up between the trees. The distance, the light coming in, and foliage behind made it difficult to capture the web along with the spider, but thanks to the DSLR, we were able to capture a descent shot.

Date:  27 Sept 2007
Location: @ Bhoothathankettu, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Camera: Nikon D80 + Tamron SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens

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