Black Lace-weaver Spider - Amaurobius ferox

    Description

    Female to 16 mm; male to 12 mm. This spider usually has a dark abdomen with a wide and paler 'cardiac' mark but this is often reduced to a series of pale spots.

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    Habitat

    Often found in cellars, houses and gardens.

    When to see it

    Adult females all year; males in spring and autumn.

    Life History

    Builds an irregular, lace-like web around a rudimentary funnel.

    UK Status

    It is widespread and frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1,311 British records for this species to 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map