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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Zilla diodia

Size:  Up to 4mm

Distribution:  Found mostly in the southern counties of England

Months seen:  All year round but more frequently seen between May and August

Habitat:  On low growing vegetation (often in shade) in woods, parks and gardens

Food:  Small invertebrates

Special features:  Zilla diodia is a small orb-weaving spider with distinctive chestnut and cream coloured markings on the abdomen.  The carapace is a light brown with some white hairs on the head, and the legs are light brown with some dark bands.  The males and females look the same, but the male has a smaller abdomen.

These spiders will normally be seen in the middle of their webs which have a distinctive latticed area in the central area.

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