Summary for Hahnia helveola (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
1m to 900m
The species is widespread in south-eastern England, but scattered and locally distributed elsewhere in Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This spider spins sheet webs in leaf litter (including pine needles), detritus, moss and low vegetation. It is usually found in woodland but has been recorded from acidic grassland, moorland, heathland, wetlands and coastal sites. Crocker and Daws (1996) recorded adult females from January to October in Leicestershire. Adult females can be found throughout the year, mainly in autumn and spring/early summer, but males are mature from late summer through the winter until spring.
The spider is not as frequent as H. montana and H. nava but may be common where it does occur.
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