Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Australian Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) Backobourkines Banded Garden Spider Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Cytaea sp Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Hortophora sp Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasselti) Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

The Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata) are sometimes seen in the park (under the right conditions, there will be many of them seemingly clustered together in the same area). The Banded Garden Spider, like others of the genus Argiope, typically build lower to the ground, although their webs can sometimes be seen strung between low to medium size shrubs, trees and even the blades of tall spinifex grass, with the spider sitting in the middle of their web.

Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT
Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT

Pictured here is the female Banded Garden Spider in the local Alice Springs Desert Park, hanging in her web in the spinifex grass. This species may be seen with other orb spiders nearby such as the Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) and the Long-tailed St. Andrews Cross Spider (Argiope protensa), also at the desert park.

Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT
Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT
Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT
Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), Alice Springs NT

Following is the Banded Garden Spider wrapping a grasshopper in the web. Also pictured you can also see it’s egg sac.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Argiope
  • Species: Argiope trifasciata

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Ben Kurek, on iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/147597096
  2. Many thanks for ID to Matthew Connors, member of Entomology Australia “Invertebratology”, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/507004496955277
  3. Argiope trifasciata (Forsskål, 1775), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/204cbfe1-dcdd-42b9-8511-0d92f00ab166

Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Australian Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) Backobourkines Banded Garden Spider Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Cytaea sp Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Hortophora sp Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasselti) Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

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