The best part of your day: It's thinking about liquefying the insides of a bird.
The best part of your day: It's thinking about liquefying the insides of a bird.Courtesy Shreeg88
Things are looking up today, right?

Wrong! Look, a giant spider eating a bird!

The spider is a Golden Orb Weaver, and the bird is unlucky. It's known that larger specimens of orb weavers will occasionally eat birds, but it's very rare. So enjoy it.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

These spiders are all over the place in the Carolinas. I've seen 'em on the Outer Banks, Hilton Head, Wilmington, and Wrightsville Beach.

I walked into a web by accident (no small feat, since they have really obvious white threads in the center), and wondered if the spider might be capable of eating me, too. The silk is mad strong.

The ones I've seen are plenty big**, but not quite as enormous as the one in your photos. I'm going to have to show my kids. Hey, next time we're at the beach we can joke about throwing them to the golden orb weavers instead of the 'gators.

**The females are the big ones. Males are teeny.

Here's a YouTube video of a golden orb weaver eating a grub:

posted on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 9:54am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You might also be interested to know that nine golden orb weaver spiders from Australia were killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003.

posted on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 9:59am
EWatson02's picture
EWatson02 says:

Yikes! That's spine-tingling. Interesting that this behavior is apparently unusual: aren't there spiders that actually do eat birds as part of their normal diets?

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:10pm

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