Ostearius melanopygius

Description

This is a very small spider. The male has a 2 mm body length and is smaller than the female which has a 3 mm body length. The uniformly orange-red abdomen is most distinctive, whilst the head is darker almost back. There is also a blackish patch at the rear of the abdomen which is probably best seen from beneath. There are no other spiders with a similar appearance.

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Habitat

O. melanopygius occurs in a very wide range of habitats, particularly rubbish heaps and gardens, under stones etc and occasionally occurring indoors.

When to see it

All year but mainly found from spring through to autumn.

UK Status

Distribution: The species is widespread but patchy in much of England, and very scattered elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

898 British records to Jan 2013

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map