Hypsosinga pygmaea (Sundevall, 1831)
A small but very distinctive spider, Hypsosinga pygmaea builds a small orb web low to the ground amongst vegetation. Although this spider is widely distributed throughout the UK, it is described as being rather uncommon. The female in the upper two photographs, was found at the base of a small steep bank, near the entrance to Ollerton Pit Woods in early May 2011. The male (lower photographs) was swept from an area of grass heath at the nearby Sherwood Heath SSSI in September 2017.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hypsosinga pygmaea
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Bob Merritt. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Wil Heeney. Tony Kavanagh. Meg Skinner. BAS Survey Team of Richard Gallon, Graeme Lyons and Tylan Berry.

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 November 2022

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