The Golden Orb web spiders of the Nephila genus are the largest web-building spiders in the world. Larger than your palm from end to end, inadvertently stumbling into one of their webs is a bit scary, even though the spiders are mostly harmless.
The Nephila spiders get their name because of the golden colour of their webs. Imagine the saree with spider silk and Nephila “jari”.
This particular spider is likely Nephila pilipes also known as the Giant Wood Spider, a species commonly found in India.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.5 at 1/100 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8.
Taken in December 2010 at my workplace in Bommasandra, Bangalore, India.
And no, it’s not a pun this time.