The last 2 months new Golden Orb momas have appeared in many corners of the garden of the Pura Vida Hotel . . . the moma is quite large and makes impressively grand webs . . . one or two tiny tiny males are often found on a web near by waiting their turn. After sex, I am told though I have not observed this, the tiny male may sometimes leave a leg behind to distract moma while he makes his escape.
Snagged this pic this morning while searching for our lost plumber to discuss the finer points of a plumbing aberration he created a couple of years ago.
This one was sunning itself this morning by the Katydid Casita and here's a wicki link for more info . This spider has caught and devoured small birds in some countries but here is sits on very large webs collecting moths and wasps.