Ozyptila praticola

Ozyptila praticola

Discovered in garden. 30th May 2014. © Peter Hillman

Family Thomisidae (Crab spiders)

Body length up to 4mm.

A reddish-brown species of Thomisidae which has fairly distinctive patternation, except in the females.

It feeds on other invertebrates.

The adults are seen primarily in spring and summer, but may be seen throughout the year. Found in various habitats, including woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. It can be found under bark, on moss, leaf detritus, low vegetation and on trees and shrubs. Common and widespread in the south, scarcer elsewhere.