This is an odd looking spider. It has a single tubercle (hump) on the rear of its abdomen This spider can be quite variable in colour and pattern, however its shape is so distinctive that it is hard to mistake.
Usually found in well wooded areas, often in deep woodland.
Spring and summer.
It builds a web with stabilimentum (lines accross the centre of the web) which it often covers in dead insects. When a fly hits this spider's web it will immediately rush straight towards the fly, most spiders will shake their webs first.
Although widespread and fairly frequent in Britain it is easily overlooked.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
1,703 British records for this species to 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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