Araniella opisthographa (Kulczynski, 1905)
Probably a fairly common spider of trees and bushes, Araniella opisthographa is during the Spring and Summer throughout the Sherwood Forest NNR. There are several other similarly coloured species in the UK, of which one (Araniella curcurbitina) is found commonly in Nottinghamshire and is visually identical to this species. While both species might be classed as common, opisthographa seems to be the less common of the two. When checking mature females, curcurbitina out-numbered opisthographa by 5/1.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Araniella opisthographa
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Tony Kavanagh.

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Updated January 2024

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