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


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

UK Map