Body length female 11-15mm, male 8-10mm. These are fairly dark-looking spiders with pale markings on their abdomens which look a little like a face. They can give a fairly nasty bite if handled incorrectly, as cute as they may look. Both sexes have dark abdomens, but the female has a larger abdomen and the markings can be fairly vague.
Feeds on insects caught in its web. The mother makes the utlimate sacrifice after her spiderlings have hatched, for she becomes their first meal.
The adult females are seen all year round, the males in spring and autumn. Often found in cellars, houses, gardens and outbuildings. It can also be found under logs, loose bark and stones in woodland. A common and widespread species throughout Britain.