Summary for Tegenaria silvestris (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
2m to 600m
T. silvestris is widespread in central and southern England and Wales, but very scattered further north. The species occurs across the whole of Europe and into the Ukraine and Moldavia, although it is absent from Scandinavia (Maurer 1992).
Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually associated with woodland, where it occurs in damp situations where sheet webs can be constructed, such as low banks and ditches, and in open vegetation along rides, but it is also to be found in caves, under bark, logs and stones, and sometimes on scrubby waste ground and along railway lines. It occasionally enters houses. Its small size may sometimes cause it to be disregarded as immature. Adults have been found most of the year, both sexes mainly in spring and early summer, and late summer or autumn.
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
Account last edited by Greg Hitchcock at 21:17 on Thu 6th Mar 2014.