Paired-legs Orb Web Spiders - Genus Argiope
This page contains pictures and information about Orb Web Spiders in Genus Argiope
that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Spiders in this Argiope genus are medium size spider, they build
small to to medium size vertical orb web with circular or cross shaped stabilimentum.
They wait for prey on web centre with legs in pairs. Male spiders are rarely
seen and much smaller in size.
Followings listed those Orb Web Spiders that we found.
- St Andrew's Cross Spider
- Argiope keyserlingi, leg to leg female 50mm, male 20mm
- St Andrew's cross spider is common in Brisbane. It is
easily recognized by the pattern on its body and its web. The
spider makes an orb web, in the middle it makes four thickened zigzag
strips in the shape of a cross of 'X'. This is why it called
St Andrew's cross spider. The spider then hangs head
down with its legs pairs together over the cross. More information
can be found in the St Andrew's
Cross Spider page.
- Banded Orb-weaving Spider
- Argiope trifasciata, leg to leg female 50mm, male 10mm
- Banded Orb-weaving Spiders sometimes may be confused with St Andrew's Cross Spiders. They look similar although
the pattern on their abdomen are quite different. Banded Orb-weaving Spider
females have yellow, white and brown colours bands across their abdomen.
However, their males are look the same, much smaller than the female. More
information and pictures please click here.
- Gumtree Trunk Weaver
- Argiope ocyaloides, female body length 10mm
- This spider build orb web against gumtree trunk. When we came close, they vibrate the
web very quickly and they become almost invisible. The spiders are dark grey
to black in colour, with white line along the sides of the long heart-shaped
abdomen. Legs are all black with white ring. We have more information and
pictures in this page.
- 1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 3. ARANEIDAE
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