Bird eating spider?

To: Carol Probets <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Bird eating spider?
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 07:58:28 +0930
The most impressive performance I ever saw was of a tiny Rainbow Skink
Carlia sp).  By waving its tail the lizard appeared to mesmerise a large
wolf spider.  After about 30 seconds or so, when the spider was well and
truly transfixed, the skink pounced and subdued it.  Talk about David and

on 16/3/08 7:34 AM, Carol Probets at  wrote:

> We also have very large Golden Orb-weaving spiders in the Blue
> Mountains NSW (don't know if they're the same species as Belinda's)
> and there seem to be an extra lot around this year.
> Speaking of "bird eating spider", recently I watched a White-throated
> Treecreeper eating a large Redback Spider.
> Cheers,
> Carol
> At 10:10 PM +1100 15/3/08, Greg & Val Clancy wrote:
>> 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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