Paidiscura pallens

    Alt Name
    Sputnik spider
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Trees, low bushes and shrubs.

    When to see it

    April-September.

    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    UK Map