Larinioides cornutus


    Females reach a body length of about 13 mm, males up to 8 mm. A variable species with a dark, distinct V-shape on the abdomen above which there a two pincer like markings. Prosoma (cephalothorax) brown (c.f. Larinioides sclopetarius - prosoma grey). 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Confirmation 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.


    These spiders are most often found in damper areas, especially near to water.

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn.

    Life History

    The web is built between grasses, or in low shrubbery. They hide during the day in a silken retreat that opens at the bottom, masked with plant and animal matter and leave it during the night. The web is remade in the evening. The male lives with the female during mating time, which is in autumn and again in spring. The female produces three to five yellow egg sacs during the summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    7,479 British records to 2015.

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