Araneus marmoreus (Clerck, 1757)
A regularly found spider, Araneus marmoreus is found throughout the Sherwood Forest NNR, but with less frequency than the other large orb web species. There are two main marked forms of this spider, with Araneus marmoreus var. pyramidatus (clear, dark triangular area on a plain white or yellow background) being by far the most regularly found. The other marked form is extremely variable in markings and colours and includes varieties where the main pale markings are rich yellow, white and even pink.
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This female was found on Gorse at Sherwood Heath SSSI in September 2012 and is a stunning example of the species. To the naked eye, the colouration and markings did not appear to be this rich and we were amazed when we saw the resulting photographs.
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Araneus marmoreus .var. pyramidatus
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Sub-adult female A. marmoreus, Sherwood Forest CP August 2008   Adult male A. marmoreus, Clipstone Old Quarter September 2010
 
     
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Araneus marmoreus
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Howard Williams. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. NBGRC.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

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