Parasteatoda lunata

    Alt Name
    Achaearanea lunata

    2.5 to 6 mm. Parasteatoda lunata has a distinctive large yellowish patch posteriorly on its unusually proportioned abdomen, and red patches laterally, contrasting with black overall colour. There is also another form which is browner in colour.

    Similar Species

    P. simulans is more similar to P. tepidariorum in colour – both are duller than P. lunata.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually associated with bushes and trees. The large scaffold webs of this spider are found on bushes and the lower branches of trees, 1.5 to 2 metres above the ground and in large crevices on the sides of trunks such as old birch trees.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    UK Status

    The spider is widespread in much of England but apparently absent to the north of the Humber and from most of western Britain.  It is rather local and infrequent in distribution.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in VC55; there are 12 records prior to September 2018. 

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map