Summary for Lathys humilis (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 700m
The species is widely distributed in the southern half of Britain, but with very few records from Scotland or the west. A Palaearctic species widespread in western and central Europe but not recorded from Ireland, Norway and Finland.
Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on bushes and trees in woodland and scrub, and can be beaten off oak, holly, yew, pines, gorse, etc. It may also be fairly common on ornamental evergreens and privet hedges in parks and gardens (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Juveniles over-winter in leaf litter, brushwood, under bark and other similar situations. Adults occur mainly in May and June, with females persisting into July or even September.
Local, and commoner in the south.
Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey
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