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Another spider

Observed: 16th September 2012 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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Description:

Body length around 8-10mm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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ID

Thanks for the ID. What are the features that point to the genus Metellina?

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Markings on the abdomen (and

Markings on the abdomen (and cephalothorax if visible). Proportions e.g. leg length / thickness, shape of abdomen etc.

Not colour (very variable)

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Thanks

Other than time of the year is there anything that would help get to a species level ID.

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microscope

Well, time of year isn't foolproof. I've found mengei and segmentata in autumn. It's best to examine epigynes / palps under the microscope - although adult males of mengei have longer hairs on tarsi and metatarsi 1.