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St Andrew's Cross spider

Argiope keyserlingi

Female Argiope ocyaloides. Female Argiope ocyaloides.

Identification

Medium-sized spider with silver head and white body with coloured bands; silver and black legs held in pairs to make an X.

Diversity & distribution

Common along coastal eastern Australia. Several similar species occur along the east coast with different species occurring in inland Queensland.

A small black species (Argiope ocyaloides) is often seen against the bark of burnt trees.

Bite

A number of minor bites resulting in mild local pain have been recorded.

Female Argiope keyserlingi Female Argiope keyserlingi.

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