Metellina segmentata resembles M. Mengei, although on average M. segmentata may be slightly larger. Having said that, there is size variation in both species which creates an overlap. Another pointer is that males of M. segmentata have hairs on the underside of the first leg and M. mengei have none. The only really reliable means of definite identification of these two species is by examination of the genitalia.
If we cannot be certain of the identity of an image, but believe it to be M. segmentata , it is highlighted in a red box.
Found woods, gardens and wasteland amongst any vegetation or structure where it can build its web.
It is to be found all year round, but may be more prevalent from summer and through the autumn.
This spider spins orb-shaped (rounded) webs. During the mating season the male moves onto the web of the female.
It is widespread and common in Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
9036 British records to Jan 2013
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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