Zelotes latreillei


Head is narrowed and quite pointed. Almost uniformly black only the tarsi being slightly browner.

Identification difficulty

Zelotes latreillei appears, in general, to be a lowland species. It is often found under stones, wooden debris, etc., but it is also found when grubbing in short vegetation. There seems to be a preference for open areas such as chalk downland and heaths. On sunny days the spider is occasionally seen running over the ground.

When to see it

Adults of both sexes are found from late spring to autumn, with peaks in late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn.

UK Status

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, becoming very scattered and patchy in the north as far as central Scotland.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. Z. latreillei is the most frequently encountered of the Zelotes species.

Further Information

2,597 British records for this species to 2015.

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

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