Dictyna uncinata


Dictyna uncinata

Discovered on local woodland path. 2nd May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Dictyna uncinata

Discovered on local woodland path.
2nd May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Dictynidae (Meshweb spiders)

Body length 2-2.8 mm.

A small, brown velvety spider. Very similar to Dictyna arundinacea which has 5 rows of longitudinal white hairs on the cephalothorax (head and carapace) compared to 3 in Dictyna uncinata, although microscopic examination of the genitalia is required for confirmation.

It forms a web across the surface of leaves of bushes, trees, and low growing plants like nettles to snare flies and other small invertebrates.

Seen May to July in woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Widespread and common in England, less so elsewhere. A native species.