Like most members of the Orbweaver family, the Cross Spider sits in the center of its web with its head down. It may be spotted at times on the edge of its web or on a stem with its legs tucked under itself. If it feels threatened or in danger, it may first use its legs to violently shake and shimmy its web to startle the threat in hopes of causing it to leave. If that does not happen, the spider will drop to the ground and return to its web's center when it feels safe again. This spider creates a new web every day.
The Cross Spider female is almost twice the size of the male. There is evidence that some females eat the male after mating. Females lay eggs in a sac that is usually hung from the web. Their life span is only 12 months long.
This spider can be found in a variety of habitats. They are comfortable and successful in woodlands, savannas, meadows, gardens, grasslands, semi-arid regions and evergreen forests.