Lepthyphantes leprosus

    Description

    This is one of the larger 'money spiders'. There are two very similar Lepthyphantes species in Leicestershire and Rutland and expert help is recommended when attempting identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    L. leprosus is found in all types of buildings, from newly built houses (noticed within nine months of completion) to derelict barns. It forms small webs across corners of rooms, behind cupboards, etc. mostly at fairly low levels. It also occurs in disused quarries, in bark of old trees in parkland and broad-leaved woodland, under man-hole covers, in rubbish and in garden litter.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, possibly with peaks in the autumn and spring.

    UK Status

    Widespread and probably fairly common in Britain, but seems to be under recorded - it becomes more scattered and infrequent further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1096 British records to Jan 2013.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map