Summary for Araneus marmoreus var. marmoreus (Araneae)
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The species is widespread but locally distributed in Britain, mainly south of a line between Carmarthenshire and Yorkshire. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.
Habitat and ecology
Both forms may be found in woodlands and wet heathland. Araneus marmoreus is a large orb web spider that spins its web on the lower branches of trees, shrubs and in tall herbaceous vegetation but usually at heights above 1.5 m (Jones 1983). At Wicken Fen the form pyramidatus is common quite low down in webs spun in rank path-side grass (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). Both sexes are adult from late summer through to the autumn.
An uncommon species with two distinct colour varieties. A. marmoreus var. marmoreus is found mainly in an area of eastern England from Norfolk to Yorkshire, where it can be relatively common on the lowland heaths (Smith 1982).
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