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.
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.
It is usually seen on sunny days running across walls and fences close to habitation.
Males mostly in spring and summer, females can be found year round.
They have two large eyes at the front of the head and hunt cat-like for prey, eating anything up to their own size.
Widespread across Britain, Salticus scenicus is the most common of the British zebra spiders.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
3603 British records to Jan 2013
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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