Bird eating spider?

To: "Belinda Cassidy" <>, <>
Subject: Bird eating spider?
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 22:10:05 +1100
Hi Belinda,

The advice that you have received to not kill the spider is wise advice. Even if it were to kill the occasional bird it wouldn't deserve to be killed. Animals kill other animals in nature and as long as it is a native species behaving naturally we shouldn't interfere. Raptors kill other birds but we don't insist that they be killed, although this was the thinking some decades back.

My spider book calls your spider 'Golden Orb-weaving Spider Nephila maculata' the largest of the genus. I have found them as far south as Coffs Harbour, NSW.

Greg Clancy

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