Buzzing Spider - Anyphaena accentua

Description

Size 4.5 to 7 mm. Although variable in appearance, the two chevron marks on the abdomen are the indicator of this species.

Similar Species

There is just one Anyphaena species in the UK and it is reasonably distinctive.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found hunting over foliage of trees and shrubs, rarely found on the ground.

Life History

This species gets its name from the fact that the male taps its abdomen on a leaf during courtship, making an audible buzzing sound.

UK Status

Widespread and frequent over much of Britain, especially in the South.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

3448 British records to Jan 2013

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map