Paidiscura pallens

    Alternative names
    Sputnik spider

    A tiny spider (around 1.5mm), which could be mistaken for a very young spider, rather than an adult. Usually pale (pallens means "pale"), but variable in colour with green and dark forms occurring. Often overlooked due to its small size, but it's strangely shaped, 'sputnik-like' white egg sac is distinctive.

    Identification difficulty

    Trees, low bushes and shrubs.

    When to see it


    Life History

    The egg sacs can be seen beneath the leaves of Oaks and other trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    6657 British records to Jan 2013

      Our Champion for the Sputnik Spider is Alan Cann.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map