A very distinctively marked member of the family, but it can be quite variable. Microscopic examination of the genitalia is necessary to confirm identification.
Confirmation requires microscopic examination of the genitalia of adult specimens.
Identification 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.
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.
Adults are recorded from March to October.
This spider is a crab spider and builds no web but hunts at ground level.
A local species which has a widespread but patchy and scattered distribution in Britain.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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