Summary for Cheiracanthium erraticum (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
-4m to 700m
The species is widespread south of the Wash, but is more scattered in the west and in the north as far as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on low plants in rough vegetation and heather. It is most easily found in early summer by looking for the retreat constructed from two or three leaves, or grass heads, stitched together to make a retreat which will hold the female and egg-sac. Later in the year, immature specimens, which already show the reddish median stripe on the abdomen, can be found in small silk cells on plant stems such as dried docks. Adult males are found mainly in late spring and early summer, females from late spring to the autumn.
Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge
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