Full Name: Golden Orb Spider (Family Nephilidae)
Other names: Goue Wawielwebspinnekop
These large spiders are well known in South Africa for their magnificent golden webs. The webs are huge, often spanning a large area between bushes. The web is strong, and we have seen small birds trapped in the webs. The female spiders are large, and the web often contains multiple spiders. The Golden orbs usually have black legs and a yellow to white abdomen. They are harmless to humans and pets.