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Spiders

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Spiders

Spiders (or arachnids) have eight legs, no wings and a segmented body which seperates them from true insects which have six legs and four wings.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Purse-web Spider

Atypus affinis
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An uncommon British species found occasionally in Southern England.


 

 

Photo by:
James Phillips

Jumping Spider (P lanigera)

Pseudeuophrys lanigera.
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Ladybird Spider

Eresus cinnaberinus
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A very rare and elusive species found alomost exclusively on the heaths of Purbeck, Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Pholcus phalangioides
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A common species found in homes everywhere!


 

Heather Spider

Thomisus onustus
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An unusual spider of the Dorset heath which is not often seen.


 

White Crab Spider

Misumena vatia
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A small but common spider easily identified by its crab-like appearance.


 

Spider (P aureolus)

Philodromus aureolus
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A well camouflaged spider that waits and ambushes prey rather than trapping it in a web


 

 

Zebra Jumping Spider

Salticus scenicus
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Common Jumping Spider

Evarcha falcata
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A small woodland spider capable of jumping from its preferred perch to avoid predators or to catch prey.


 

Wolf Spider

Pardosa amentata
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A very common sipder that hunts for prey on the ground.


 

Raft Spider

Dolomedes fimbratus
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A large spider found only near water inhabiting swampy areas, especially heathland pools. 


 

Nursery Web Spider

Pisaura mirabilis
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A common species in low vegetation in scrub, woodands and heath.


 

Labyrinth Spider

Agelena labyrinthica
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A spider of the open heaths where its makes its distinctive funnel-web 'nest' on heathers and gorse.


 

House Spider

Tegenaria domesticus
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Once common in houses but now more likely to be found in out-houses.


 

Rabbit Hutch Spider

Steatoda bipunctata
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

False Black Widow

Steatoda nobilis
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An increasingly common spider around houses in the south of England.


 

 

Spider (P degeeri.)

Pachygnatha degeeri.
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Spider (T extensa)

Tetragnatha extensa
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A long, thin spider that lies in wait for prey on grass and reed stems 

 

Spider (M segmentata)

Meta segmentata
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Probably the most numerous of the web buillding spiders but less often seen than the garden spider.


 

 

Spider (G gibbosa)

Gibbaranea gibbosa
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Common Cross Spider

Araneus diadematus
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An abundant spider found everywhere in autumn and identifiable by the white cross marking on the abdomen.


 

Orb Web Spider

Araneus quadratus
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A common web building spider found in scrubby habitats everywhere.


 

Walnut Orb Weaver

Nuctenea umbratica
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A common spider but quite small and rarely seen as it lives in crevices in tree bark


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Cucumber Spider

Araniella cucurbitina
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A small and often overlooked species of spider found on low vegetation


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Wasp Spider

Argiope bruennichi
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A colourful and quite unique spider found in dense, tall, grassy areas near the coast.


 

Giant house spider

Eratigena atrica
Photo by:
Kevin Barber