Golden Orbs are web builders, and can grow
quite large. The orb shown in the center was about as large as my
hand. Often, I'll see them with a hitchhiker on their back.
This is the male, the larger, prominent orb we recognize is the female. At
first it was thought that the male was a dwarf. Turns out the female
is a giant. Talk about Big Momma!! Once the web is established, a
whole family of orbs may live together, as a web can grow very big,
stringing between 2 shrubs or trees.