Summary for Larinioides sclopetarius (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Larinioides sclopetarius
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1099
First Record: 1894
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 260
Pre-1992 hectads: 92
Total hectads: 306

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 250m

Species text

The species is locally distributed in England with few records in Wales and Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Proximity to water seems to be a necessity for this species. Its natural habitat appears to be tree trunks adjacent to water, but it is usually found on fences and bridges and has been found under a pontoon floating some 30 - 50 mm off the water. Considerable numbers were found on a boat moored on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation in Essex (Ruffell 2000). Buildings near the water are also favoured but it is not often found on vegetation, although it is frequent on stiff vegetation in a garden adjacent to a disused gravel pit (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). Adults of both sexes have been recorded in summer and autumn, but females may be mature all year round. A female has been found in a torpid state under woodwork on a cold January morning.

Very local, but the spider may be numerous where it occurs, e.g. Howes (1999), Ruffell (2000).

Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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 376 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 301 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 19 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 36 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 164 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Larinioides sclopetarius

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Larinioides sclopetarius


Larinioides sclopetarius at Durham
Larinioides sclopetarius at Durham
Larinioides sclopetarius Male
Larinioides sclopetarius Male
L. sclopetarius found on bridge railings 25 Jul 17
L. sclopetarius found on bridge railings 25 Jul 17
Larinioides sclopetarius Bridge Spider
Larinioides sclopetarius Bridge Spider
Larinioides sclopetarius in a bird hide
Larinioides sclopetarius in a bird hide
orb web spider
orb web spider
L. sclopetarius at Heathrow
L. sclopetarius at Heathrow
Larinioides sclopetarius
Larinioides sclopetarius
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