Scientific name: Zygiella x-notata
Size: Up to 7mm
Distribution: Found throughout the UK
Months seen: Females can be seen all year round. Males are usually more active in the summer months.
Habitat: Frquently on window frames and around houses
Food: Small invertebrates
Special features: Missing Sector spiders have a silver-grey coloured abdomen with a brown oak leaf pattern on the dorsal area. The legs are dark brown with light brown bands.
The photo below shows a female with her egg sac. She remains with her eggs until she dies. The abdomen of the male is smaller than that of the female.
This species of spider has a very distinctive orb-web which always looks as if there is a triangular section missing (hence the name). If you imagine the web (see photo below) as the face of a clock you'll notice the section between 11 and 12 o' clock is missing. Running through the middle of that section is a single thread of silk which leads to the spiders retreat.
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