Summary for Agroeca proxima (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
The species is widely distributed throughout Britain. It is fairly widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as Sweden.
Habitat and ecology
This nocturnal hunter is ground living with a preference for fairly dry habitats amongst leaf litter, grasses, heather and other low vegetation. It is one of the commonest species on heathland. As with A. brunnea, the egg-sac is attached to a stem of grass or other low plant and surrounded by a protective silk chamber which is covered by soil particles (Roberts 1995). Adults of both sexes are found mainly in late summer and autumn, occasionally into late winter and spring with females persisting into the summer.
Original author of profile: R. Ruffell
Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre. References