Larinioides sclopetarius

    Description

    Females reach a body length of about 10 mm, males are somewhat smaller. Generally black and white and sometimes velvet-like in appearance, prosoma (cephalothorax) grey (c.f. Larinioides cornutus - prosoma brown). 

    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.

    Habitat

    Usually found near water, often on man-made structures; rarely on vegetation.

    When to see it

    Males can be found mostly during summer; females are active until November in central Europe.

    Life History

    They often hide during the day and wait for prey in the centre of their web at night.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England and southern Wales, but less common and more local than the related L. cornutus.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    910 British records or this species to 2014.

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