Zygiella x-notata


    Zygiella x-notata females are up to 11mm in size, males up to 7mm. Variable in colour; the cephalothorax (first body section) is a translucent yellow brown; the opisthosoma (second body section or abdomen) has a leaf like pattern. The sternum has a yellow centre. 

    Zygiella x-notata and Zygiella atrica need to be separated by an expert for identification purposes. If we cannot be certain that an image is Zygiella x-notata  but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box.

    Identification difficulty

    This spider builds its web mostly into window frames, but can also be found on walls, fences, or under the bark of old trees. It is very common around boats and docks.

    When to see it

    July to October, sometimes even into December.

    Life History

    It is a warmth-loving spider. Adult spiders build an orb web which has two sectors without connecting threads in one of the two upper corners. The signaling thread in the middle of these sectors leads to the spider's hideout. In the evening and at night, however, the spider sits in the centre of the web. It renews the web in the morning hours.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    5,028 British records for this species to 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map