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Giant Wood Spider

The Giant Wood Spider (Nephila pilipes) is a species of arachnid that is found in Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia. Its habitat is primary and secondary forests and gardens.

The adult female grows to a length of 1.2 to 2 inches. The male only grows to about a quarter of an inch. In juvenile females, the first, second and fourth pairs of legs have dense hairy brushes. The brushes of hair disappear as the female matures.

The web is constructed vertically with a fine irregular mesh. It is not symmetrical. The hub of the web is usually at or near the top. A pit is dug where the eggs are placed and buried over with plant debris or soil.

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Giant Wood Spider


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