Fencepost Jumping Spider - Marpissa muscosa


Males 6 to 8 mm, females 7 to14 mm. Prosoma greyish brown to dark brown and covered with light grey hairs. Legs mottled or ringed like the forebody and with light hairs. Opisthosoma mottled medium brown and reddish brown, sometimes blackish, with pale spots. The pattern may be composed of bands of colour or chevrons and is quite variable.

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On conifers, under bark, on heathland, and frequently near buildings.

When to see it

Adults Spring to Autumn.

UK Status

Widespread in south-east England, scattered records further west and north. 

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
28/05/2023 (Poole, Adam)
Last record:
28/05/2023 (Poole, Adam)

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