Masked Vlei Spider

Leucauge festiva (Masked Vlei Spider)

The spider species Leucauge festiva, commonly known as Masked Vlei Spider, belongs to the genus Leucauge, in the family Tetragnathidae. 

The body and leg shapes and the green, black and yellow markings of Leucauge females make identification of the genus relatively easy. They have two rows of long, slender curved hairs on the legs.

In most cases the web is slanted horizontal rather than vertical and the spider rests in the middle of the web with its underside facing upwards.

You might spot a masked vlei spider while admiring the Hypoestes aristata, now blooming, at the main entrance to Steenbok Nature Reserve.