Thursday, October 23, 2008

Giant Spider - not for the squeamish

When I was in Kenya many years ago, I saw a huge orb-web spider, of the Nephila genus. It was the size of my hand, and its web was about eight feet across, with silk so strong that I could pluck it like a guitar string. Now one has been photographed catching a bird in its web! Click here for the full story. Several zoos, such as the National Zoo in Washington DC, have these spiders on webs that are not in cages - they are really incredible.


Rafi G. said...

are they dangerous? that is very strange..

Anonymous said...

The poor bird. What a humiliating way to go.