Bird eating spider?

Subject: Bird eating spider?
From: "Belinda Cassidy" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 18:47:22 +1000

We have an enormous spider in our yard (in Brisbane) that we haven't seen
before. Its spectacular,  with a body length around 7-8 cm.  I think I have
ID'd it correctly as `Nephila pilipes' The Northern Giant Orb spider. The
link to the photo I took of it today is below:

So when I was trying to ID it on google, I came across a youtube video of
one of these eating a young lewin honeyeater that it had trapped in its
nest. OMG!

We are friends with our local birds and wouldn't want to see them eaten by a
giant spider! But its also a  very cool giant spider!

Should we kill it to stop it from eating birds and breedng up a colony of
giant bird eating spiders? Or just leave it? I don't want to kill it, but
then I'd feel pretty cut if a young bird I know died in its web.

Thanks for your opinions!


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