Summary for Hypsosinga pygmaea (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 700m
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