World's Largest Web-spinning Spider

A new species of golden orb spider has been found in South Africa. It is the biggest spider ever found that spins a web -and what a web it is!
The female of the new species of golden orb weaver spider has a body one and a half inches long with a leg span of five inches and weaves a web more than three feet wide.

The tiny male, however, has a leg span of just one inch. The variation of the Nephila species, named as Nephila Komaci, was discovered by US and Slovenian researchers in Africa and Madagascar

Nephila Komaci has a limited range and is believed to be an endangered species. Link -via Unique Daily

Newest 5
Newest 5 Comments

...Ok, now i have confirmation. I personally ran across a spider sitting in its web that makes 5" sound like a joke. I remember it quite well since i came about 3 feet from walking right into it head-first.

It was in the state of Rio de Janeiro...To the south and on an Island. web was at LEAST 5' across and maybe 2.6' high - a bird wouldve easily been caught in it.

the spider was sitting dead center just like any web spider might...only this one was roughly 12" across legspan - conservatively!

I seriously think i ran across the largest webspider in the world - based on where i saw it, it makes sense that no one has ever observed it. i'd love to chat with a spider expert about it...

contact me
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"World's Largest Web-spinning Spider"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More