Summary for Metellina mengei (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 700m
The species is widespread in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
Like M. segmentata this species occurs in almost any habitat, and can be collected in large numbers by sweeping in grassland or in woodland understorey. The colour variation of both this species and M. segmentata can be confusing to the beginner. The orb webs are usually inclined with the spider sitting at the centre, on the lower side, often with the male waiting at the side of the female's web. Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but mainly from late spring to mid-summer.
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
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