Body length around 8-10mm
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Thanks for the ID. What are the features that point to the genus Metellina?
Markings on the abdomen (and cephalothorax if visible). Proportions e.g. leg length / thickness, shape of abdomen etc.
Not colour (very variable)
Other than time of the year is there anything that would help get to a species level ID.
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.
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