Oval St Andrew’s Cross Spider

Oval St. Andrew’s Cross Spider

Another spider; another scary, but fascinating critter. This stripy lady, known as Oval St Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope aemula, or ナガマルコガネグモ in Japanese) made a home in my yet-to-flower

bougainvillea. She did well netting endlessly sacrificial grasshoppers and flies in her wide web. She’s not poisonous, I’m told, but I still think we’re better acquainted from a distance. The Oval Cross Spider is smaller than that other colourful garden spider, the Golden Orb Weaver, which nests in similar places around my garden, but more spidery and less Alien. She stayed for a while and was even joined by a tiny mate before a summer typhoon blew her home away.