Splendid dwarf spider

Splendid dwarf spider, Credit: Dan Thombs CC BY-SA 2.0

Yellow garden spider - Dan Schneider_cutout_3Description: A very small but spectacularly coloured spider. Females are 2.5 – 3.0 millimetres, males are 2.0 – 2.3 millimetres. The cephalothorax is bright reddish orange, contrasting with a shiny black abdomen.

Habitat: Weaves tiny sheet webs near or on the ground, often among leaves, under rocks or in low vegetation, may be found higher on plants at night

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

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

Splendid dwarf spider, Credit: D. Sikes CC BY-SA 2.0

Splendid dwarf spider, Credit: D. Sikes CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Range: Across southern Canada and the northern United States

Seasonality: Spring through late summer as adults

Trivia: This species is sometimes observed in winter on snow.