Araniella opisthographa - Araniella opisthographa

Description

There are two common Araniella species found in Leicestershire and Rutland: A. cucurbitina and A. opisthographa. They are hard to tell apart in the field and are often found together, expert help may be needed to be certain of correct identification between the two species. Females grow up to 8 mm, males only up to 5 mm. They are a pale yellowish green in colour and a red mark under the abdomen.

Similar Species

Araniella cucurbitina - detailed examination is required to identify either species.

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Habitat

The spider is found in a wide variety of situations, but most commonly on trees (particularly oaks) and bushes in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, as well as on nearby low vegetation. It occurs in similar habitats to A. cucurbitina, with which it is often, but not always, found.

UK Status

The species is widespread in much of southern England from Yorkshire southwards, but it is much more scattered in the west and north as far as central Scotland. It is more sparsely distributed in Wales, Scotland and south-west England than A. curcurbitina.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

2,121 British records for this species to 2015. 

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map