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

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
23/06/1979 (Don Goddard)
Last record:
02/06/2024 (Cann, Alan)

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