Zygiella atrica


    Size female about 6.5 mm, male smaller about 4 mm. It generally has more red-brown in the colouration than Zygiella x-notata and has a leaf like pattern, but the species need to be separated by an expert.

    If we cannot be certain that an image is Zygiella atrica  but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box.

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    Vegetation and gardens. Unlike Z. X-notata, this spider is usually found a little way away from houses and human habitation, on bushes and rocks.

    When to see it

    Female can be seen all year round. The male is more likely to be encountered during the summer.

    Life History

    Zygiella atrica, like other Zygiella species, builds an orb web with two missing sectors and a signaling thread in the centre of those, leading to its hideout, whereas the young spiders build a complete web. Females of this species are among the few British orb-weavers to build webs all year round.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    2,436 British records for this species to 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map