Rabbit Hutch Spider - Steatoda bipunctata


    It has a glossy chestnut brown abdomen, usually with a thin pale band stretching across the front that incorporates a central white 'V' just behind the head. The abdomen has four tiny indentations on its back which in the absence of an internal skeleton, serve as anchor points for internal muscles. Females grow up to 7mm and males to about 5 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Markings are variable and this species can only be separated from Steatoda grossa by close examination of the genitals.

    Recording advice

    Details of the genitalia needed for confirmation.


    Usually indoors, often in animal pens, garages, sheds etc.

    When to see it

    Females are to be found all year round. Males are usually only found in summer and autumn.

    Life History

    It feeds on anything that stumbles into its web (often woodlice). The web is just a tangle of criss-cross threads.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    2252 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