Hypsosinga heri (Hahn, 1831)

Occurence: Hypsosinga heri is a species of orb weaver that lives on wet meadows, especially on those with Carex plants. It is a rather rare species. If we talk about the Czech republic, we can find this spider more often in southern Czechia and Moravia than on other places of this state. Description: Carapax is brownish yellow or brownish orange with black head area. Sternum (spider’s chest) is yellow or brown. Female abdomen is elongated, can be colored from brown to black with 3 either yellow, or orange, or even red longitudinal stripes. Inside of the middle one can appear a single red line. Males can be stripe-less, so then they’re just black. Legs are brownish orange. Adult female can grow up to 5,5 mm, male to 3,5 mm. Period of occurrence: Adults can be seen in period from May to September. Web: This spider builds its small, rather weak web between plants (mostly Carex plants), not over about 0,5 m above the ground. Signal thread and nest are not a thing of this species. Most of the time the spider sits in the center of its web and waits for its pray to catch into the web. These sipders usually react really quickly. Food: Hypsosinga heri hunts small flying insects.


photo: Petr Beneš



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Jaroslav Vrána



photo: Petr Beneš



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Petr Beneš



photo: Petr Beneš



photo: Petr Beneš



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc




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