Summary for Hypsosinga pygmaea (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Hypsosinga pygmea female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Hypsosinga pygmaea
Authority: (Sundevall, 1831)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2216
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 395
Pre-1992 hectads: 180
Total hectads: 487

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in parts of southern Britain, with few widely scattered records in the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species spins orb webs on low vegetation, often on calcareous grassland but also in damper areas of heathland, acid grassland, and other tussocky and rough grasslands. Crocker & Daws (1996) also note that occasional specimens may be found on low shrubs. Both sexes are adult in early summer.

Local. Although the most frequently encountered species in the genus this is still an uncommon spider, especially in the north. However it may be frequent in calcareous grassland and some other grassland situations. In Cannock Chase and the West Midlands it has been abundant on heathland, both in the heather and the acid grassland (C. Slawson, pers. comm.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 801 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 595 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 76 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 486 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 695 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Hypsosinga pygmaea

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Hypsosinga pygmaea


Hypsosinga pygmaea on salt marsh vegetation
Hypsosinga pygmaea on salt marsh vegetation
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Hypsosinga pygmea female
Hypsosinga pygmea female
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