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