Theridion melanurum

Theridion melanurum

This small yet bulbous-bodied spider was found under the lid of my green recycling bin. It is generally found in and around buildings, and has got quite a distinctive zig-zaggy median band. It is common and widespread in much of England.

Theridion melanurum

The pose below is its defensive posture. They do not like been blown on, and will sometimes adopt this position and stay still for a short while, otherwise they are on the move all the time until they find shelter.

Theridion melanurum

Theridion melanurum

Theridion melanurum

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April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. Ā© Pete Hillman


8 thoughts on “Theridion melanurum

  1. In that defensive posture, it does look as though it’s putting its “arms” over its head. Of course I laughed at your comment that they don’t like being blown on. There’s only one way you could know that!

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    1. Lol! šŸ™‚ Yeah, that’s my secret and tip of the day when photographing spiders. It almost forms a protective cage around its head and thorax with its legs.


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