Erigone atra

    Description

    Erigone atra is only about 2 to 2.5 millimeters. The abdomen is covered with short hair whilst the forebody is hairless and has a smooth glossy surface. In the male, the eye region is greatly increased. The legs in both sexes are coloured uniformly brown.

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    Habitat

    Found at ground level on low vegetation and under the bark of fallen trees or under stones.

    When to see it

    Adults can be found at all times of the year, with peak numbers in summer.

    Life History

    When weather conditions are suitable it stands on outstretched legs with the tip of its abdomen pointing in the air. It lets out a line of silk which, if the air currents are favourable, lifts the spider to considerable heights and conveys it to a new location. Such a procedure means that some perish on the journey or land in unsuitable places. This is when many people discover these money spiders on their person or in close proximity.

    UK Status

    One of most common spiders, it is widespread throughout most of Britain, possibly becoming more scattered in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    13,716 British records for this species to 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map