Summary for Steatoda bipunctata (Araneae)

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Steatoda bipunctata male in Chester Copyright: Russell Hughes
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Name: Steatoda bipunctata
Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae

Records: 2512
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2014

1992-on hectads: 446
Pre-1992 hectads: 314
Total hectads: 633

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 500m

Species text

Distribution
The species is widespread throughout Britain, more scattered in the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is mainly found in and around buildings but also occurs on old and dead trees where it lives under bark and in the dry litter collected in rot holes and other cavities. In common with others of the genus it preys on crawling invertebrates. The typical scaffold webs include viscid lines that are attached to the substrate under tension. The struggles of the captured insect break the attachment of these lines thus lifting the unfortunate captive into the air and leaving it suspended ready for the spider to deal with. Both sexes are mature throughout the year and females may survive for several years.

Status
Generally common.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 710 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 890 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 11 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 43 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 207 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Images

Steatoda bipunctata in Manchester
Steatoda bipunctata in Manchester
Steatoda bipunctata Horsey Corner TG4523 23.11.2013
Steatoda bipunctata Horsey Corner TG4523 23.11.2013
A little bathroom stowaway
A little bathroom stowaway
Male S.Bipunctata
Male S.Bipunctata
Steatoda bipunctata male in Chester
Steatoda bipunctata male in Chester
Steatoda bipunctata - Norwich
Steatoda bipunctata - Norwich
Steatoda bipunctata variety
Steatoda bipunctata variety
Steatoda bipunctata female example
Steatoda bipunctata female example
Steatoda bipunctata
Steatoda bipunctata
Steatoda bipunctata female 2
Steatoda bipunctata female 2
Steatoda bipunctata Female
Steatoda bipunctata Female
Steatoda bipunctata (Male)
Steatoda bipunctata (Male)
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