Summary for Araneus quadratus (Araneae)

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Araneus quadratus Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 2
Name: Araneus quadratus
Authority: Clerck, 1757
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae

Records: 3312
First Record: 1862
Latest Record: 2013

1992-on hectads: 623
Pre-1992 hectads: 393
Total hectads: 818

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

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Distribution
The species is widespread but patchily distributed throughout Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found on vegetation which has sufficient height and strength to support the large orb web, such as undisturbed grassland, heather and gorse. There may be a preference for damper situations. The web is usually found stretched across the gap between plants, with a large tent-like retreat at one side, where the spider can be found if not in the centre of the web. This very variably-coloured spider holds the British weight record. Adults are found in late summer and autumn, with a male peak in August and female peak between August and October.

Status
Locally common, although Crocker & Daws (1996) suggest that it may be declining. This may be due to loss of suitable habitat.

Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 938 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1505 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 112 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 623 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 697 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Images

Araneus quadratus female on outside of retreat
Araneus quadratus female on outside of retreat
Araneus quadratus lateral view
Araneus quadratus lateral view
Araneus quadratus colour variation
Araneus quadratus colour variation
Araneus quadratus 2011
Araneus quadratus 2011
Araneus quadratus ventral view
Araneus quadratus ventral view
Araneus quadratus colour variant
Araneus quadratus colour variant
Araneus quadratus in web
Araneus quadratus in web
Araneus quadratus
Araneus quadratus
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