Saint Andrew's Cross Spider

Argiope keyserlingi Karsch, 1878

This small bodied and long legged spider is known for and named after its strange web. In that this spider creates a zigzag pattern cross in its web and it is in this pattern where the spider normally rests.

The abdomen features horizontal stripes of yellow and crimson brown, sometimes with pale spots on the brown stripes

NOTE: The bite of this spider is considered harmless or at most to cause a weak local reaction (may include redness, swelling, burning or itching at site of bite). Few bites have been recorded.

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What habitats does Argiope keyserlingi live in?

Eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania

What is the distribution of Argiope keyserlingi?

Woodlands, heathlands, dry sclerophyll forests and urban gardens.

How big does Argiope keyserlingi grow?

Body up to 4 mm long (male), 20 mm long (female).

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