Euophrys frontalis

    Description

    The species is sexually dimorphic. The females are brown with darker rather zig-zag lines running along the length of the abdomen. These stripes are not as pronounced in the male which has red rimmed eyes and enlarged front legs used in courtship which have a blaze of white on them.

    Similar Species

    The spider is quite distinctive, but its small size makes detailed examination necessary.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This spider does not seem to have a well defined habitat niche in Britain, although it seems particularly abundant in grasslands and heaths. E. frontalis has a rather catholic diet, which may include insect eggs. It is only caught during the day.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes have been recorded between April and October, but mainly in May, June and July with females occasionally persisting into the autumn and winter.

    UK Status

    The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, with a few mainly coastal records further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Further Information

    4586 British records for this species to 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map