Microneta viaria

    Description

    A small (2 to 3mm) sheetweb spider. Positive identification requires careful examination of male palps (4-5 long spines on patella) or female epigyne. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually found in woodland litter and leaf litter under scrub and in hedgerows. Sometimes found in grasslands, quarries, urban wasteland and gardens.

    When to see it

    Adults can be found throughout the year with peaks in spring, early summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Probably common, but under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    6566 British records for this species to 2018.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map