Black Lace-weaver Spider - Amaurobius ferox


    Female to 16 mm; male to 12 mm. This spider usually has a dark abdomen with a wide and paler 'cardiac' mark but this is often reduced to a series of pale spots.

    Identification difficulty

    Often found in cellars, houses and gardens.

    When to see it

    Adult females all year; males in spring and autumn.

    Life History

    Builds an irregular, lace-like web around a rudimentary funnel.

    UK Status

    It is widespread and frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1,311 British records for this species to 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map