Flying into the web of a giant Golden Orb Weaver spider and becoming stuck in it spelled the end for this native Australian finch.
Golden Orb Weaver spiders are known to grow as big as a human hand and they spin strong webs in order to catch large insects to prey upon.
Apparently the spider would use its venom to break down the bird for eating, but wouldn’t eat the whole bird.
I have plenty of these Golden Orb spiders in my garden. The largest thing I have seen them dining on is a cricket.
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Australia's Giant Golden Orb Weaver
- By: Cecilia BiemannOct 23, 2008