Summary for Anelosimus vittatus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 700m
The spider is widespread in England as far north as Durham, but appears to be absent from much of Scotland and Wales. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway.
Habitat and ecology
This species constructs its scaffold webs on bushes, trees and tall plants in a wide variety of habitats, perhaps with a preference for oaks. Both sexes are mature in late spring and summer, with a peak between May and July, females occasionally surviving through to late autumn.
The species is common in much of England, but rare elsewhere in Britain.
Original author of profile: P. Lee
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