Mtunzini Fun Fact: The banded garden spider is a large species, with a generally ovoid form and bright markings. Mature females may be 13-14.5 mm when fully extended and the carapace of the body typically between 5-6.5 mm in length. Males are substantially smaller, with a body length of only about 1/3 that of the female. Adult males also have prominently enlarged pedipalps projecting from the side of the head and these are used in sperm transfer.
The back of the spider is covered with silvery setae. Numerous dark lines cross the body and yellow banding is usually present as well. The legs are dark yellowish-brown with darker rings.