Talavera aequipes

    Description

    Talavera aequipes is a small jumping spider. There are very similar species, but this species is the most frequent of these spiders in our area.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, photos are required from above and below. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    This little spider is found in warm, open, sunny habitats with bare surfaces, such as short turf on downs, sandy or stony banks, and quarries or old railway embankments.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May, June and July.

    Life History

    It is small enough to reside comfortably in snail shells of down to 5 mm length during winter, where they also lay their eggs.

    UK Status

    The species is widely distributed in Britain but with only a few scattered records in the west and north.  It is generally local and rather uncommon, but is more frequent in southern counties.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map