Xysticus erraticus

    Description

    A very distinctively marked member of the family, but it can be quite variable.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Confirmation requires microscopic examination of the genitalia of adult specimens. 

    Recording advice

    Confirmation requires microscopic examination of the genitalia of adult specimens. 

    Habitat

    Principally a grassland and heathland spider with a penchant for shorter swards such as those found on grazed calcareous grassland, upland base-rich flushes or disturbed sites such as quarries.

    When to see it

    Adults are recorded from March to October.

    Life History

    This spider is a crab spider and builds no web but hunts at ground level.

    UK Status

    A local species which has a widespread but patchy and scattered distribution in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map