Labyrinth Spider – Agelena labyrinthica

Both sexes are similar in appearance, but the male has a slimmer abdomen and relatively longer legs. The abdomen has distinctive pale cross markings. Body length up to 12mm.

It forms a large sheet web in low vegetation with a funnel on or above the ground. The name of the spider comes from the female’s building of elaborate tunnels or ‘labyrinths’ amidst the vegetation in which she lays her eggs. It feeds on flies and other small insects.

Seen July and August. Found in hedgerows, rough grassland, field and woodland margins. Common and widespread in much of southern England and coastal Wales, more localised in northern England, and absent in Scotland.