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Golden Orb-Web Spider
Graphite and Gold Leaf on Paper
Approx 55x80cm (unframed)

This Golden Silk Orb-Web Spider (nephila pilipes) was seen all-too frequently during several days of trekking through the Cambodian jungle, where the artist photographed them. Females like this one have a body size of around 5cm, with the legs extending a further 20cm, making it one of the biggest spiders in the world. In addition to their bright yellow and red markings, they are particularly distinctive in their production of golden-yellow spider silk in their webs. The spiders can adjust the levels of pigment intensity, depending on the level of camouflage they seek in a particular part of their web.

In this drawing, 22 carat gold leaf has been used to depict this shimmering spider silk.