Tetragnatha montana

Description

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. montana but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Tetragnatha are difficult to identify and microscopic examination of the genitals of mature specimens is necessary to separate the species safely. 

Recording advice

Tetragnatha are difficult to identify and microscopic examination of the genitals of mature specimens is necessary to separate the species safely. 

Habitat

Orb webs of this species are found on trees, bushes and low vegetation in a variety of habitats, mostly at low altitudes. It may be found close to water but is less closely associated with wetland habitats than T. extensa.

When to see it

March to September.

Life History

All the Tetragnatha species 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.

UK Status

Very common and widespread in southern Britain, becoming scattered in the north.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

6581 British records to Jan 2013

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map