World's Biggest Web-Spinning Spidey Found

Rare African orb-weaver spins 3-foot webs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 4:04 AM CDT
Nephila komaci is believed to be the biggest web-spinning spider known to science.   (Matjaz Kuntner)
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(Newser) – A gargantuan new species of orb-weaving arachnid found in South Africa is the biggest web-spinning spider ever discovered, scientists say. The female Nephila komaci has a leg span bigger than a man's hand and spins webs more than 3 feet wide, the BBC reports. Arachnophobes will be glad to hear that the species is very rare and has only been found in small pockets of forest.

"They look like they're all legs. They live in webs, so they're spindly, relatively delicate spiders," said one of the scientists who identified the new species. "If you were standing there, you wouldn't say that," he added. "You would probably freak out. Most people do."