Hammock spider

Hammock spider, Credit: Katja Schulz CC BY 2.0

Yellow garden spider - Dan Schneider_cutout_3Description: Although a small spider, hammock spiders are large for this family. Females range from 5 – 7 millimetres, males from 4.5 – 6 millimetres. The cephalothorax is pale, with a dark mark like forceps starting in two lines near the eyes and joining towards the abdomen. The light-coloured abdomen has a central line resembling repeating arrowheads. The legs are pale with thin dark bands. The web is large for the spider’s size and shaped like a hammock (a large, flat sheet).

Habitat: Low tree branches and shrubs.

Hammock spider, Credit: Tom Murray CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hammock spider, Credit: Tom Murray CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hammock spider, Credit: Patrick Randall CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hammock spider, Credit: Patrick Randall CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Range: Widely distributed, primarily in eastern North America.

Seasonality: Spring to late summer.

Trivia: Members of this family are called “money” spiders in Britain, originating from the belief that it is lucky to have one land on you. This group is the most common of the “ballooning” spiders; therefore they are often carried by wind currents.