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Thu 15th April 2021 17:47 by Martin Cooper
re: Yellow-striped spider
Thanks for confirming species, Peter. I've edited date thanks to you spotting my earlier typo. I'll have a go at adding this spider to the recording scheme. Martin
Wed 14th April 2021 19:10 by Peter Harvey
Yes Mangora acalypha, I presume you mean 9 June 2020, we haven't quite got to June 2021 yet!
Wed 14th April 2021 11:20 by Martin Cooper
Yellow-striped spider for ID please
I would appreciate help identifying this yellow-striped spider photographed in my garden (Ipswich, TM166450) on 9 June 2020. A member of a Facebook spider group suggested that it may be Mangora acalypha and there are some similar-looking photos of that species on the eurospiders web site. Martin Cooper Yellow-striped spider 2 Copyright: Martin CooperYellow-striped spider Copyright: Martin Cooper
Fri 2nd April 2021 13:52 by Peter Harvey
Figures of Megalepthyphantyes nebulosus are available in Roberts and there are figures of M. collinus, which is very similar to our taxon, available on the Spiders of Europe website link and if you email me at I can send you drawings of the palp and epigyne drawn by our national expert Peter Merrett. Figures on the internet and in publications are always done of spiders in 70% alcohol, and can look very different in air due to the 3-dimensional nature of the structures and refractive indices of air and alcohol. If you are a beginner at identication of spiders and Linyphiidae, you would need to get confirmation from an experienced specialist, and membership of the British Arachnological Society is to be strongly recommended.
Fri 2nd April 2021 02:17 by Paul Rule
Re: possibly Megalepthypantes species near collinus
Thank you Peter, If I manage to capture an adult what am I looking for? there seems to be zero info in helping to ID it on the web.
Thu 1st April 2021 15:02 by Paul Davis
Response to Peter Harvey
Thank you for your ID thoughts .
Thu 1st April 2021 11:51 by Peter Harvey
A linyphiid, possibly Megalepthypantes species near collinus, which I found new to Britain in 1999 at the bottom of undercliffs on the Isle of Sheppey, but which has subequently spread widely in the south-east and in recent years much further afield to the southwest and northwards. It requires microscopical examination of adults for identification.
Thu 1st April 2021 10:31 by Paul Rule
ID help for this distinctive looking spider
This was found under the eaves of our summer house in Cambridge last night, and I am struggling to identify it. I was thinking Liocranum rupicola but I am not convinced. NGR TL471569

Unindentified spider 1 Copyright: Paul Rule

Thu 1st April 2021 10:22 by Peter Harvey
Clubiona species, probably reclusa but you can't do all but one or two Clubiona without microscopical examination of the adult male palp or female epigyne.

The Araniella is very unlikely to be displicata, juvenile and subadult Araniella are frequently reddish in coloration. It would need to be reared through to maturity and examined under a microscope.

Thu 1st April 2021 09:51 by Paul Davis
Heathland spider for ID help.
I spotted this species on Heathland at Black Park nature reserve in Iver ,Bucks on March 30th .It was on Heather and there were some conifers above .At about 6-8mm , I wondered if it might be --Araniella displicata ? Otherwise i am a bit stumped.Could someone help me out please.Mystery Heathland Spider Copyright: Paul Davis
Thu 1st April 2021 09:45 by Paul Davis
Help with Clubiona species
Is it possible to identify this species from this image ? I thought it might be Clubiona lutescens .This was in my garden in Ruislip on March 23rd 2021 .Garden visitor Copyright: Paul Davis

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