Summary for Neoscona adianta (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 589m
The species is widespread near the coast in England and Wales north to Yorkshire, and on southern heathlands and in south-eastern England. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This distinctively marked spider spins its orb web on low vegetation such as heather, gorse and sometimes grasses in a range of open habitats including heathland, coastal grasslands, saltmarsh and fen. The hub of the web contains much white silk giving it an unfinished appearance. The retreat is a platform of silk on which the spider awaits its prey. Both sexes are adult from mid- to late summer, females through to the autumn.
Generally an uncommon species becoming rarer further north. It may be locally common in the south and south-east.
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