St. Andrew's Cross Spider

St. Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingii) belong to family Araneidae. This spider can easily be recognized by the silk woven zigzag cross in the middle of its web, which resembles the cross of St. Andrew and that is why it's called St. Andrew's Cross Spider. The spider sits with the legs in pairs. Females have a silver, yellow, red and black banded upper abdomen, with two length wise yellow stripes below. The males have a red-brown colored body, with no pattern on their abdomen. The female has a body length of 15mm. The male is much smaller than the female, having a length of about 5mm.

St. Andrew's Cross Spider
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9 comments:

Osaid said...

Amazing,
Your macro photography is just awesome.

Anna said...

Nice spider, but I would not want to have that thing around me, lol. Scary looking, but image well captured. Thanks for the information also. Anna :)

Anna said...

Not sure if the comment work, but nice work on the post. Anna :)

MedaM said...

Just fantastic photos; breathtaking! The colors and patterns on spider's body are really beautiful. Amazing shots!

rocksea said...

wow! was going to post some photos and details of the same spider :) cheers,,

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a fantastic and interesting spider Birdy. Great info with it and love the pictures.

Those eggs in your header look interesting too, know what laid them?

MObugs said...

This spider is gorgeous, it reminds me a lot of the Black & Yellow Garden Spiders we have here.

Marvin said...

Superb macros of the spider. We have a similar spider in North America (same genus), but it is not nearly so talent as yours and can only make a patch or straight line of zigzags.

Black & Yellow Argiope

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