Heliophanus flavipes


A small species at around 5 mm. A striking spider with a dark body covered with numerous paler hairs which are sometimes golden. Its legs and palps are a golden lemony yellow in colour.

Similar Species

Similar to H. cupreus.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Identification of this species  "Requires examination at high magnification in good lighting, typically examination of the genitalia." Bee, L., Oxford, G., & Smith, H. (2020). Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide. Second Edition. Princeton University Press.


It may occur on low vegetation and the shrub layer, or on lower branches of trees, but always shows a preference for sunny conditions.

When to see it

Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May, June and July, females occasionally persisting into September.

UK Status

The species is local but widespread in much of the southern half of Britain and central eastern Scotland, but very scattered or absent in upland areas and much of the north.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

2289 British records to Jan 2013

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map