Parasteatoda simulans


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.


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


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

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Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/09/1992 (Jon Daws)
Last record:
07/07/2023 (Cann, Alan)

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