Theridiidae (Comb foot spiders)
anelosimus vittatus 2-3 mmvariable marking in part spins webs o bushes and lower plants and dead flower heads. spring summer common,
enoplognatha ovata has several colour forms but. Pair spots on abdomen aleays presemt. On low plants.
Tetragnatha extensa/montana Difficult species to identify as there are other similar species. Found on low growing vegetation, often near water or boggy areas. Found on low growing vegetation, often near water or boggy areas
Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders) These are hunting spider which can run and jump at ground level. They hunt day or night and females can be seen carrying large egg sacs. Often seen at gound level.
Alopecosa pulverulenta found in grassland and open areas
pardosa amentata common wolf spider
Pirate Wolf Spider - Pirata piraticus It is usually associated with marshy places and near to water where it hunts along the banks and on the water's surface thanks to water repellent hairs on its legs. common.
pirata hygrophilus This is a common spider, predominantly of damp habitats but including woodland. Not as large a species as some of the Pardosa's, Pirata hygrophilus can partly be identified in the field by the indistinct white dots on the abdomen, which is also noticeably reddish
pirata latitans Rarer than the last two and found like these in marshy areas White spots on abdomen and banded legs tentartive.
Trochosa terricola wolf spider The females are 15 mm and the males are 10 mm. Both sexes are dark brown with a pale band running the length of the carapace and continuing to the first half of the abdomen. Common
trochusa ruricola dark knees on front legs found dam wall 10/03/12
Amaurobiidae, funnel weavers
Amaurobius similis lives in holes in wallsand around buildings but equallly inleaf litter and trees. common.
Amaurobius fenestralis This brown spider has a pale oval ring marking on its abdomen which has a dark ' mark in its centre. It often has orange/brown chevrons below this. Found under bark and stones. Predatory on many other invertebrates. Common.
Agelenidae, funnel weavers, grass spiders coalotes atropos This species lives under stones and logs where it builds a tube-shaped web. At the end of the season the mother dies and is eaten by her offspring. similar species exist but is south UK.
Clubionidae, sac spiders Clubiona stagnatilis likes damp areas.This was found on Spenmoor ponds. common
Gnaphosidae, ground spiders drassodes lapidosus/cuprea first muvhj more common. moves through plant litter
Salticadae Jumping spiders
Salticus scenicus Zebra Spider The black stripes make them easily recognisable; the female has a black abdomen with white stripes whereas the male has a brown abdomen with white stripes. Theyhunt cat-like for prey, eating anything up to their own size. Common
Coelotes atropos This species lives under stones and logs where it builds a tube-shaped web. End of season eaton by her young . Common in estern england
llepthyphantes Genus poss tenuis dam wall 10/03/12
sac spider clubiona poss corticalis holcombe moor 12/03/12
clubiona corticalis radcliffe ees
Linyphiidae, Sheet web, dwarf or money spiders
A small but well-marked spider with a tuning fork shaped mark on the carapace behind the eyes. Makes sheet web common.
It is recognised by the dark brown radiating lines on the carapace, a dark-edged brown abdomen with pale mottled sides and annulated legs
It builds a strong horizontal web in bushes etc. Common.
Erigone is a genus of spiders of the araneomorphae sub-order and the Linyphiidae family. They are carnivorous, preying on small insects . Common and small
Tetragnathidae Stretch spiders or long jawed orb weavers
Metellina mengei It is to be found all year round, but may be more prevalent over the winter and spring period through to early summer. Similar species males of M. segmentata have hairs on the underside of the first leg . This has long hairs under tarsus 1 so mengei
Metellina segmentata similar to above this specimin has much shorter hair on tarsus 1 than M. Menge so M. Segmentata