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Anelosimus vittatus

This small spider is not very hard to identify, once you place it within the right family. It is the only Comb-footed Spider with a dark band running over the abdominal area, even though this band is extremely variable in colouring. There are some more species like it, but most are very rare or confined to Southern Britain. They are all lively marked creatures, reaching a length of some 2.5 to 3.5 mm only. They make little webs of criss cross threads either low in trees or bushes, or high up in lower vegetation. Very common all over Britain including the southern and central parts of Scotland, usually found on oak.