Monday, 30 September 2013

Look what I found living on the porch

St. Andrews Cross Spider

Actually it was Mr. Swiss that drew my attention to our new neighbour. She decided to make a nest at the angle between the top of the cupboard door and the roof, so I really had to use the close up lens to take her photo. Of course, the next step was to discover her name. It seems she is the female species of the St. Andrews Cross spider, also known as the orb spider I believe.

She is sitting on her egg sack which probably has a couple of hundred babies inside. I read that they all hatch out some time in Autumn and stay nice and comfortable where they are until spring, although I am no expert. Actually I did once take a photo of some hatchlings, so am waiting for the birth. Mama seems quite happy at the moment so we have decided to leave her where she is.


  1. What an incredible finding!!! Very good close-up...

  2. she has a lovely outfit on....quite becoming to her figure......blk and yellow is sooo popular lol

    is it safe to say you will soon be a spider granny? CONGRATS!!

  3. What a great find!! What a fascinating spider she is......and you've captured her beautifully in your photo. Something tells me you'll be checking in with her on a regular basis :-))

    1. She lives next door, I wave to her every morning through the kitchen window and she waves back.