St Andrews Cross Spider

st andrews cross spider

Scientific Name: Argiope keyserlingi.

The St Andrews Cross spider is a common inhabitant of most gardens throughout Australia. They get their common name from the way they hold their eight legs in pairs to form an X shape and they often build additional white opaque cross lines (called stabilimentum) at the centre of their webs. This spider is relatively harmless but can bite, causing mild localised pain.