Summary for Metellina mengei (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Metellina mengei adult male Copyright: Esmond
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Metellina mengei
Authority: (Blackwall, 1869)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Tetragnathidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 12553
First Record: 111
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 1398
Pre-1992 hectads: 868
Total hectads: 1704

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Like M. segmentata this species occurs in almost any habitat, and can be collected in large numbers by sweeping in grassland or in woodland understorey. The colour variation of both this species and M. segmentata can be confusing to the beginner. The orb webs are usually inclined with the spider sitting at the centre, on the lower side, often with the male waiting at the side of the female's web. Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but mainly from late spring to mid-summer.


Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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 6002 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 5435 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 652 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2994 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 3876 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Metellina mengei adult male
Metellina mengei adult male
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