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The St. Andrew's Cross Spider, is easily recognised due to the white cross in the middle of its web - which resembles the cross of St. Andrew.
The female's body is 15mm in length with a toe to toe diagonal length of 50mm.
The male is about a third of the size - see the image to the left.
He approaches the female with caution because he may end up being her meal and not her mate!
|The pattern across each spider's back differs slightly from spider to spider.||The pattern underneath runs length-wise.|
The egg sac is formed near the web.
And the spiderlings disperse within a few days of hatching.
These photos were taken in Cheltenham in Sydney.