Argiope keyserlingi - St Andrew's Cross Spider  
  Araneidae  

Female.

These spiders get their name from the cross placed in their web (stabilamentum). The male is smaller and brown.

The bite can cause mild local pain.

 
 

References:

 

A Guide to Australian Spiders

Clyne, Densey

Thomas Nelson (Australia) Limited, 2nd Edition 1977

 

Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland

Editors: Ryan, Michael, Burwell, Chris

Queensland Museum publication, 2000