Salticus scenicus

    Description

    The black stripes make them easily recognisable; the female has a black abdomen with white stripes whereas the male has a brown abdomen with white stripes. However the patterning is variable and records are best confirmed by examination of genital structures. 

    Similar Species

    Salticus cingulatus is similar but it usually has more white hairs giving it an overall paler look. S. zebraneus has fewer white hairs and appears darker.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is usually seen on sunny days running across walls and fences close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Males mostly in spring and summer, females can be found year round.

    Life History

    They have two large eyes at the front of the head and hunt cat-like for prey, eating anything up to their own size.

    UK Status

    Widespread across Britain, Salticus scenicus is the most common of the British zebra spiders.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    3603 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map