SPECIES Nephlia species + Scorpion
BOTANICAL PRINT Skull
DESCRIPTION AKA Golden orb weaver. Found in most gardens the golden orb weavers are one of the largest spiders found in Australia. Huge golden webs between trees can be over one meter in diameter. The web is very strong and often small birds can be stuck in its web. The females can measure up to 45mm whilst the small male 6mm is often found in the far edge of the females web. They are non poisonous but best to be avoided.
Scorpions have a long sting - bearing tail and pair of pincers on long arms ( pedipalps ). They have 6-12 eyes but not very good eyesight but have very good low light sensitivity which helps navigation by moonlight. They prey at night using the sensory body hairs and slit organs on their legs that pick up vibrations and scents. Crushing their victims the scorpion digests it by pouring digestive juices on the prey and breaking it up with its powerful claws.
Colours range from dark grey to dark browns and light gold. Scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light. All scorpions have a venomous sting but deaths are rare and usually only from species found in Nth Africa, the Middle East and India.
Australia has scorpions - small species that live in the rainforests of the north and larger ones as far south as Victoria as well as our desert scorpion some of which can grow up to 12cm. Found under rocks and logs and building scrap it is wise to walk carefully and wear gloves when removing garden debris.
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