Parasteatoda simulans

    Description

    Males 2.5 to 3 mm, females 4 to 4.5 mm. Prosoma ochre-yellow. Sternum ochre yellow or brown, mostly irregularly spotted and with dark margin. Legs brown with narrow, darker rings. Opisthosoma spotted light and dark brown. Markings very variable. Examination of genitalia of mature specimens is required to confirm this species.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters. Examination of genitalia of mature specimens is required to confirm this species.

    Habitat

    On trees and shrubs. 

    When to see it

    Summer and Autumn. 

    UK Status

    Widely distributed but not well recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    May be fairly frequent in our area but possibly under recorded.  

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map