Metellina segmentata - Metellina segmentata

Description

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.

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Habitat

Found woods, gardens and wasteland amongst any vegetation or structure where it can build its web.

When to see it

It is to be found all year round, but may be more prevalent from summer and through the autumn.

Life History

This spider spins orb-shaped (rounded) webs. During the mating season the male moves onto the web of the female.

UK Status

It is widespread and common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

9036 British records to Jan 2013

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map