Argiope trifasciata (the banded garden spider or banded orb weaving spider) is a species of spiders found around the world. Generally seen hanging upside down in the centre of an orb web, with legs together in pairs. Trifasciatas are found throughout Australia around autumn. Often mistaken for the St Andrews Cross spider which is found in the east.
These awesome creatures are nearly completely harmless to humans and non-aggressive. When threatened, they responds either by dropping from the web or shaking it so vigorously that both spider and stabilimentum become a blur, confusing its attacker.
Fun Fact: Argiope is Latin for with bright face and trifasciata is Latin for three-banded.
Castle Rock Estate
Castle Rock Estate is nestled high on the eastern end of the Porongurup range, giving it a unique aspect. Established in 1981, by Angelo and Wendy Diletti, the winery and vineyard continue to be managed and run by the Diletti family. The resultant wines are intensely flavoured, well structured and lovingly hand crafted.
We acknowledge the Minang Bibbulmun people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present, and emerging and to the wider Bibbulmun community.