Silk Moth

The Silk Moth (Bombyx mori) is an insect in the Bombycidae family of silk moths. 

The Silk Moth has a heavy, bristly body and small wings. It is fair to light brown with thin dark bands across its body. Its wings are cream-coloured. It is not capable of sustained flight – it is only airborne for a short time.

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Tent-Web Spider

The Tent-Web Spider (Cyrtophora moluccensis) is an arachnid in the Araneidae family of Orb-Weavers. It is also called the Dome-Web Spider.

The Tent-Web Spider is varied in size and colour, but is usually yellow to green to brown-black. It has 2 body parts: the cephalothorax (head and chest), and the abdomen. On its head, it has up to 8 eyes, and 2 fangs in its mouth. Next to its mouth are 2 structures, like mini antennae, called pedipalps. Its abdomen has colourful markings. Its abdomen is where it has its spinnerets and silk-producing glands used to make its web. It has 8 legs, and each leg has 6 joints. Its legs are usually striped and contain hair-like spikes. Its leg hairs detect smells and vibrations.

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CREATURE FEATURE: Golden Silk Orb Weaver

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver (Nephila constricta) is a large arachnid in the Araneidae family of orb weaver spiders. Nephila means fond of spinning. The Golden Silk Orb Weaver has yellow (gold) silk, which they use to make their webs.

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver varies in colour from reddish to greenish yellow.

It can grow to 4.8–5.1 centimetres (1.5–2 inches). The female is larger than the male.

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver makes a large asymmetric orb web up to one and a half meters in diameter. It stays in its webs permanently.

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