Summary for Zygiella atrica (Araneae)
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Zygiella atrica is widespread but patchily distributed in much of Britain. It is a European species introduced to Canada and the USA (Platnick 1998) which is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This species constructs a similar retreat and web to that of Z. x-notata, but more typically on thorny bushes (blackthorn and gorse) on open ground away from human habitations. On heathlands, Z. atrica can be found on heather and on the trunks of pine and birch trees. Metal signposts and gates are also frequented in open country. At coastal sites, specimens are also found on rocky shores, cliffs and sea defences. Adults of both sexes are found in late summer and autumn, occasionally persisting later.
Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon
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