Helophora insignis (Blackwall, 1841)
A spider of woodland, usually favouring grass and low vegetation. It has been recorded on a number of occasions from the Sherwood Forest area, the latest being when we beat the one in the photographs from Ivy and other vegetation, in a shaded section of Clipstone Old Quarter in early October 2017. Away from Sherwood Forest, there are recent Nottinghamshire records from Teversal Pastures, Linby and Clumber Park.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Helophora insignis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Bob Merritt. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Denton, M.L. Green, E.J. Legg, G. Hemingway, D.G. Marsh, R.J. and Sharp, D. (2002 Arachnid survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Report to English Nature from Entotax consultancy 2003). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). British Arachnological Survey (Sherwood Forest Country Park Arachnid Survey 1978-1979 Report).

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Updated January 2022

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