Phylloneta impressa

    Alt Name
    Phylloneta impressum, Theridion impressum

    A small, well marked spider, but quite similar to related species so care needs to be taken with identification and detailed examination of the specimen may be necessary.

    Identification difficulty

    This species is typically found on gorse bushes and heather on open ground, but can also be found on oak, blackthorn, nettles and thistles.

    When to see it

    Adult males have been recorded between May and August, adult females between June and October, and even on one occasion in December.

    Life History

    It constructs an inverted cup shaped retreat, which it covers with plant debris. Below its retreat the spider spins a typical Theridiidae tangle web.

    UK Status

    Theridion impressum is widespread especially in central southern England, but becomes scattered or absent in parts of the west and north, and is very rare in some parts of the east, including well-recorded counties such as Essex.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1446 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map