Summary for Heliophanus flavipes (Araneae)
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The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain and central eastern Scotland, but very scattered or absent in upland areas and much of the north.
Habitat and ecology
The habitat of this spider is very similar to that of H. cupreus. It may occur in the field and shrub layer and on lower branches of trees, where it can be collected by sweeping and beating respectively (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Like H. cupreus, in northern Britain the species seems to need sunny conditions (J. Newton, pers. comm.). Additionally, H. flavipes has been found in a Malaise trap, which indicates aerial dispersal (Crocker & Daws 1996). Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May, June and July, females occasionally persisting into September and on one occasion December.
Local. In north-western England it is more common along the coast (J. Newton, pers. comm.).
Original author of profile: J.R. Bell
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