This is a very difficult species to identify as there are other similar species and certain identification requires detailed examination. If we cannot be certain that an image is T. extensa but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box. The female has a body length of up to 11 mm, while the male is slightly smaller, growing to around 9 mm. The body colour can vary from creamy-yellow to green.
Found on low growing vegetation, often near water or boggy areas.
May to September.
All the Tetragnatha species are stretch spiders and they adopt the habit of stretching their legs out in front and behind to produce a stick like effect and can be very difficult to detect on vegetation. Even when exposed on the web they can look just like vegetative litter.
Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
6721 British records to Jan 2013
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