Sunday, 17 January 2021

A Golden Cocoon


Coastal Golden Orb-Weaver Trichonephila plumipes egg sac, New South Wales, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.

This bundle of golden threads is the egg sac of a Coastal Golden Orb-Weaver Trichonephila plumipes. I photographed it in coastal heath at Iluka in New South Wales. To see my photos of adult Coastal Golden Orb-Weaver spiders, go to my post about North Head -- the Inverts [link]. (The species has had a name change.)


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Le Pré de la Forge said...

Very pretty.... there is a spider here that makes small, green versions of this [1cm diam]. I have no idea which spider, or what group.... none of my books have any info on the egg sacs.

chm said...

Before looking for it, I thought the tree/bush on which stood the spider's egg sac was an Oleander. Then, I found it was a Leucopogon Parviflorus. Right?

Susan said...

LPdlF -- the closest I can think of for here are the pirate spiders Ero spp.

Susan said...

chm -- I don't think so. I think it's probably Coastal Banksia Banksia integrefolia. But my notes don't say what I identified it as at the time.

chm said...

Thank you, Susan.

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