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St Andrews Cross Spider

St Andrews Cross Spider

St Andrews Cross Spider

Structure, Appearance and Characteristics

  • Webbing Spider.
  • Body size (approx): Female 10-15mm, Male 5-6mm
  • Forms an “X” of white silk in the centre of their orb web.
  • The “X” may be incomplete and can be absent in some cases.
  • Head is covered with silvery hairs and the body is marked with a series of transverse bands alternating silver and red or yellow with lighter spots.
  • Legs of the spider are often held together in pairs to form an “X” when at rest.
  • Legs are dark brown or black with one or two yellowish bands.
  • Active both day and night.
  • 1 generation per year

Habitat

Webs commonly built in or near shrubs and against walls.

Pest Status

Webs can be unsightly on structures. Not known to bite


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