S for Spider

long legged spider in web

Creepy but compelling!

This is a St Andrew’s Cross spider, so-named because of the bright zig-zag ‘decorations’ that can form a full or partial cross on the web. (This spider has so far managed only one arm of the cross.) I came across it while walking along Cremorne Point on Sydney’s north shore. The colours and patterns of the markings are beautiful, even in black and white. The feature photo at top is the same spider but seen from below, and looking very monster-ish with this treatment — but don’t worry, the bite of a St Andrew’s Cross spider is not toxic to humans, and they are not aggressive.

Cee’s black and white photo challenge this week is anything that begins with an S.


6 thoughts on “S for Spider

  1. I like the photo, but I don’t like spiders even though I have been tempted into photographing them. And that spiral thread looks like an old-fashioned telephone cable.


    • A telephone cord is exactly what I thought! I don’t dislike spiders, but here so many will kill you and I am wary of them because I don’t know what I’m looking at. Some Googling has revealed this to be a St Andrew’s Cross spider (and they are safe) so I’ve updated the text accordingly.

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