Missing Sector Spider

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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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