Invisible Spider - Drapetisca socialis


    The white on the abdomen varies but the pattern on the carapace is recognisable. They are smallish spiders, up to 4 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    This spider is usually found on the lower trunks of trees, particularly Beech.

    Life History

    It spins a very fine web which is almost invisible to the naked eye.

    UK Status

    Can be very common and is found over much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1979 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map