Lepthyphantes minutus


Lepthyphantes minutus

Discovered in garage. 25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Lepthyphantes minutus

Discovered in garage.
25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Lepthyphantes minutus

Discovered in garage.
25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Lepthyphantes minutus

Discovered in garage.
25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Lepthyphantes minutus

Discovered in garage.
25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Linyphiidae (Money spiders)

Body length 3-4.5 mm.

This is one of the larger Linyphiidae (money spiders), with a shiny dark brown carapace, a variable pale marked abdomen formed of bars, bands or chevrons, and dark brown and deep yellow annulated legs.

It builds a small sheet web, and can overwinter indoors on occasion.

Seen May to November, it is a woodland species, found at the base of trees, in leaf-litter and under logs. Also found in houses and outbuildings. One of the commonest Lepthyphantes species, common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.