Summary for Araniella cucurbitina sens. str. (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Araniella cucurbitina with web Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Araniella cucurbitina sens. str.
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 5257
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 816
Pre-1992 hectads: 500
Total hectads: 1030

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in Britain, becoming more scattered in the west and north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found in a wide variety of situations, but most commonly on trees (particularly oaks) and bushes in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, as well as on nearby low vegetation. It occurs in similar habitats to A. opisthographa, with which it is often, but not always, found. Adults of both sexes have been recorded between May and July, with a peak in June. Females have occasionally persisted as late as September.

The species is common in England and Wales but a little less so in Scotland.

Original author of profile: D. Carr

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 2552 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1839 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 270 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1086 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1362 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Araniella cucurbitina sens. str.

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Araniella curcubitina web on a Hazel leaf.
Araniella curcubitina web on a Hazel leaf.
A. cucurbitina
A. cucurbitina
Araniella cucurbitina with egg sac in hedge
Araniella cucurbitina with egg sac in hedge
Araniella cucurbitina with web
Araniella cucurbitina with web
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