Summary for Helophora insignis (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
1m to 410m
The species is widely distributed in much of Britain, but with no records for north-west Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually found in moss, grass and lower vegetation in woodland, seeming to favour damp situations. It is reputed to be found where dog's-mercury grows, and has been swept off this plant in Hertfordshire (pers. obs.). This spider has an orange-brown carapace with a grey abdomen which usually carries thin black chevrons. Adults of both sexes occur in late summer and autumn, with small numbers recorded through the winter, females occasionally until March.
Fairly common, commoner in the north than the south.
Original author of profile: D. Marriott
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
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