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Images and Species Descriptions
Text and photographs © 2011 Jørgen Lissner
The Spiders of Europe and Greenland
Family: Eresidae (Velvet Spiders)
Genus: Eresus Walckenaer, 1805
Eresus sandaliatus (Martini & Goeze, 1778) - Ladybird Spider
Description: Compact, cribellate species living in vertical, tubular web extending 5-10 cm in to the ground with bluish or yellowish cribellate web extending from the upper end of the tube and serving as the prey catching part. It is the striking red colouration of the male's abdomen with the six black spots that has given the spider its common name, as the female is uniformly black. Size: Female 8-16 mm; male 6-11 mm. Habitat: Its colonies can be found in sandy spots between heather bushes usually on south facing slopes. The spider is rarely seen wandering, and the presence of a colony is only evident from the characteristic web, which often contains blue elytra of large beetles. The web extends in to the ground where the spider is well hidden to predators. Only rarely are males and juveniles seen wandering. Range: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France (Mainland), Germany, Great Britain (Mainland), Greece (Mainland), Netherlands, Sweden (van Helsdingen 2009.1). Global range: Europe (Platnick 10.0).
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