I’m not really frightened of spiders as long as they keep their distance but I did a double take when I saw this massive web in my garden.
With the light fading I grabbed my camera and took a few pics. Then I Googled it using these key words: black spider with yellow belly. Google kindly rendered photos of snakes, and one of Jacob Zuma. I’m not lying.
So I turned to a Facebook group called Spiders of South Africa and there it was. My new garden tenant is the Golden Orb Spider. I’ve heard about them and am feeling a bit privileged. They are not dangerous, I believe. They’re indigenous to South Africa and have migrated to this part of the country from the Eastern Cape in very recent years. (In my book it makes it a close relative of the hadeda who also migrated here from other parts – between animals and yuppies from Jozi, we’re becoming overrun as everybody wants to come here).
Initially I thought the yellow web was a result of being connected to the lemon tree but all their webs are yellow, hence the name. And what a magnificent web – it stretches across several metres, touching on many surrounding plants and lemons and it’s multi-layered. A very impressive construction, and I guess it’s only fitting as there are lots of babies.