Cyclosa conica

Description

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.

Photo ID?
Habitat

Usually found in well wooded areas, often in deep woodland.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

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.

UK Status

Although widespread and fairly frequent in Britain it is easily overlooked.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Further Information

1,703 British records for this species to 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map