Tetragnatha obtusa

    Description

    A well marked spider with a rather distinctive triangular shape to the body. However there are other similar species, and Tetragnatha obtusa and T. nigrita can only reliably be separated by detailed microscopic examination. Where images appear in a red box they are representative of this species, and are likely to be this species but have not been subjected to this detailed examination.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This spider spins its orb webs on woodland trees especially in damper sites but is also found on heathland pines, and in parkland, churchyards and large well-planted gardens.

    When to see it

    Found from early to mid summer, occasionally into September.

    UK Status

    The species is locally common and is widespread in England and Wales but absent from much of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1012 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map