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