Araniella displicata (Hentz, 1847)
The finding of this beautifully attractive spider in a Nottinghamshire Churchyard will likely raise a few eyebrows - not only for turning up well north of any other UK records, but because UK records are relatively few and according to the Spider Recording Scheme, it is rarely found. This Araniella displicata was found in a small orb-web on a mature Yew Taxus baccata at St Mary's Church, Edwinstowe in early October. It was kept over the Winter and after moulting through to adult (top two photographs) was released back on site. It represents a first Nottinghamshire record and if nothing else, is an example of what can sometimes be found locally.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Araniella displicata 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated October 2020

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