Summary for Helophora insignis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Helophora insignis
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2244
First Record: 1852
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 370
Pre-1992 hectads: 413
Total hectads: 657

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 410m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in much of Britain, but with no records for north-west Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually found in moss, grass and lower vegetation in woodland, seeming to favour damp situations. It is reputed to be found where dog's-mercury grows, and has been swept off this plant in Hertfordshire (pers. obs.). This spider has an orange-brown carapace with a grey abdomen which usually carries thin black chevrons. Adults of both sexes occur in late summer and autumn, with small numbers recorded through the winter, females occasionally until March.

Fairly common, commoner in the north than the south.

Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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

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Adult Season Data (based on 592 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1238 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 23 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 283 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 479 records with habitat detail and method information)

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