Turf Running-spider - Philodromus cespitum


    The appearance of this species is less crab-like than the Xysticus, with a narrower head and body and the legs are of a more even thickness. Markings are variable so care has to be taken with identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Confirmation of this species: "Requires examination at high magnification in good lighting, typically examination of the genitalia." Bee, L., Oxford, G., & Smith, H. (2020). Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide. Second Edition. Princeton University Press.


    Amongst low vegetation

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn but peaking May to July.

    Life History

    It is an agile hunter and feeds on small insects such as flies

    UK Status

    Common and widespread over much of Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    4365 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