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St Andrew's Cross Spiders



St Andrew's Cross Spiders are named for their bright web decorations - zig-zag ribbons of bluish-white silk that form a full or partial cross through the centre of the orb web. Females have a silvery carapace and a silver, yellow, red and black banded upper abdomen with two longitudinal yellow stripes below. The spider sits with the legs in pairs. The brown and cream coloured males are smaller than females. The cream-coloured young spiders make a circular stabilimentum (like a white silk doily) that disguises them well and may also act as a sunshade. As the spider grows the 'doily' is gradually transformed into a 'cross'.

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Gina9210 12 years ago
Argiope keyserlingi

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Gina9210 12 years ago

your welcome Christiane.

Christiane 12 years ago

Thanks Gina9210

Gina9210 12 years ago

not very sure Christiane, hope it is.

Christiane 12 years ago

Can anyone check this ID please??

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4671, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 17, 2010
Submitted on May 17, 2011

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