St Andrew’s Cross spider

St Andrew’s Cross spider


Still on the bug route, we found this splendid-looking spider hanging motionless in her web among foliage on a restanque wall. Needless to say, her hunting technique is vicious and effective but her venom is not dangerous to humans.

It’s common English name comes from its habit of hanging upside down with its legs together in pairs, making a cross. Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772) See notes in Wiikipedia and a BBC article on the movement of this spider northwards from the Mediterranean.

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