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Common Hammock-weaver Linyphia triangularis

Compared to most other Linen Weavers the Common Hammock-weaver is rather big and well-marked. Females are 5 to 6.6 mm. Measuring 4.6 to 6 mm males actually are not much smaller. Females have a distinct marking on the back, often referred to as leaf-shaped. There are look-a-likes, especially in Southern Europe, but none in Britain.

Like most Linen Weavers the spider weaves a horizontal web in vegetation. From the upper side of the web one or more trip wires lead upwards. Insects and other small animals which hit these trip wires fall down on the sticky web and are killed by the spider. Both killing and eating the victim is done through the web, with the spider walking upside down on the underside of the web.

The spiders are best seen when adult, which is in late summer and autumn. The Common Hammock-weaver is not very choosy what habitat is concerned. Trees, bushes or low vegetation will do. It is very common in gardens too. This is an abundant species all over England, Ireland and Wales. In Scotland more scattered, but still very common. Very common on the continent too. Has been introduced in the state of Maine, USA in 1983 and has been reported from the entire state by now. It is even abundant in the coastal areas and Acadia National Park. Is considered to be an invasive species, as local species show sharp declines in numbers.

In the USA this species is known as the European Sheetweb Spider.