Summary for Hypsosinga albovittata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Hypsosinga albovittata subadult male Copyright: Esmond
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Name: Hypsosinga albovittata
Authority: (Westring, 1851)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 670
First Record: 1878
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 102
Pre-1992 hectads: 51
Total hectads: 128

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 500m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed in Britain, becoming more scattered further north. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
This distinctively marked spider spins its orb webs low down, less than 20 cm above ground level (Jones 1983), usually on heather in heathlands, but it has also been recorded in chalk grassland. Both sexes are mature in late spring and early summer.

An uncommon species.

Loss of heathland and calacareous grassland to agriculture and urban development are likely to the most important threats to this species.

Management and conservation
Ensure remaining heathland areas are conserved and managed to maintain all stages in the successional cycle of heather growth.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 259 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 147 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 13 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 165 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 324 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Hypsosinga albovittata


Hypsosinga albovittata subadult male
Hypsosinga albovittata subadult male
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