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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Insects
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Keywords:Animals, Australia, D500, Nikon, Queensland, Spohr Photography, Wildlife, insects
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St Andrew's Cross Spider - Argiope keyserlingi

St Andrew's Cross Spider - Argiope keyserlingi

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 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'.
(Text Source: Australian Museum)