I admit to having some admiration for, but no love of, spiders.
So, I had to overcome a small degree of trepidation to get near enough to this specimen, to be able to show you my latest wildlife visitor.
She has built her large web at the edge of my deck. I’m so glad she didn’t decide to make her hunting ground within my deck area.
She’s a Golden Orb spider, one of the largest species of spiders in Australia. In certain light, for instance when the morning sun catches it just so, the web does look golden. There are about 5 or 6 juveniles wandering around the web, and I’ve also seen the male. (He’s a runt, you’d never think they were of the same species.) So, it seems I might have to share my territory with these critters for some time into the future.
If you want to know more about them, an online search for Golden Orb spiders, or Nephila plumipes will prove interesting.