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Common Hammock-weavers

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Linyphia triangularis

Size:  Up to 6mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  On bushes, shrubs and other low growing vegetation

Food:  Small invertebrates

Special features:  Common Hammock-weavers can have variable markings on the white coloured abdomen but they frequently have the broad dark brown band on top with deeply serrated edges.  This pattern is also present on the sides of the abdomen.  The carapace features a thin brown tuning fork-shaped marking.

Common Hammock-weavers build a horizontal hammock-shaped sheet web - hence the name.  The web features lines of silk running vertically up from the hammock which snare prey items.  The spiders can usually be found upside-down on the underside of the web.

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