Linyphia hortensis


    Size about 4 mm. The male has a dark brown rather cylindrical abdomen that usually has two pale patches at the top. The female is broader bodied and more strongly marked.

    Identification difficulty

    The spider is found on low vegetation, especially dog's-mercury, mostly but not exclusively in woodland. It is also found in hedgerows and can be swept off low plants in these habitats.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes are found from late spring to mid-summer, females occasionally being recorded until late November.

    Life History

    Makes a small sheet web amongst the low vegetation.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent. The species is widespread in England and Wales, becoming very scattered and patchy in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    3455 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