Mouse Spider - Scotophaeus blackwalli


Approximately 9 to 12 mms long. The Mouse Spider gets its name from the grey coloured abdomen which is covered in tiny hairs and resembles mouse fur.

Photo ID?

In southern Britain they are found in gardens and houses. In the north they are found mainly indoors.

When to see it

All year. More frequently in summer and autumn.

Life History

It doesn't create a web, instead it wanders about in search of prey - usually at night. It feeds on small insects and "creepy-crawlies".

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

942 British records to Jan 2013

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map