ARANEIDAE - ORB-WEB WEAVING SPIDER

St. Andrew's Cross spider

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Family

Araneidae

Species

Argiope keyserlingi
Karsch, 1878

Body Length

Female: 14mm
Male: 5mm

Habitat

Builds a roughly circular orb web between shrubs. Characterised by four zig-zigged stripes of thickened web forming a diagonal cross.

Toxicity

A non-aggressive spider. Not considered to be harmful to humans.

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Female.

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Female on web showing the St. Andrew's Cross which gives the spider its name.

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Female

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Female. Ventral view

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Female. Image stacked photo.

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Egg sac.

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Female. Ventral view

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Spiderling. Just emerged from egg sac.

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Newly hatched spiderlings.

This spider is described as being from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and appears to be only a recent arrival in Tasmania.