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Common Mesh-weavers

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Dictyna arundinacea

Size:  Up to 3.5mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  Mostly seen March to September

Habitat:  Mainly found on low growing vegetation - especially gorse and heather where they make a web which envelops the ends of a branch

Food:  Small invertebrates

Special features:  Common mesh-weavers are small, brown-black spiders patterned with white hairs.  The white hairs give the spider a greyish apearance when young, but they gradually rub off over time.

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