Bird eating spider?
"Belinda Cassidy" <>
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
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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