Summary for Anelosimus vittatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Anelosimus vittatus Copyright: Martin Cooper
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Anelosimus vittatus
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 5532
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 725
Pre-1992 hectads: 283
Total hectads: 811

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The spider is widespread in England as far north as Durham, but appears to be absent from much of Scotland and Wales. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway.

Habitat and ecology
This species constructs its scaffold webs on bushes, trees and tall plants in a wide variety of habitats, perhaps with a preference for oaks. Both sexes are mature in late spring and summer, with a peak between May and July, females occasionally surviving through to late autumn.

The species is common in much of England, but rare elsewhere in Britain.

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 2586 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1894 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 295 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1460 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1661 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Anelosimus vittatus with egg sac
Anelosimus vittatus with egg sac
Anelosimus vittatus
Anelosimus vittatus
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