Can be seen year round usually on or very near its orb web which is usually made between branches of vegetation. This is a heavily pregnant female.
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Found in tall grass, heather and bushes.
Female body length is 9 - 15 mm, male is 6 - 8 mm.
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Found in low vegetation, bushes and trees.
Female body length 6 mm, male 4 mm.
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A nocturnal spider that spends the day under bark, in dark crevices and in folded up garden furniture. At night it emerges and spins a web to catch moths.
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Found in woods, gardens and wasteland.
Female body length 4 - 8 mm, male body length 4 - 6 mm.
Spins an orb web with a small hole in the middle.
Colouration can vary quite a lot.
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