Pirata piraticus (Clerck, 1757)
This is a common and widespread spider of Spring and early Summer. Although (like most spiders) there are similar confusion species, Pirata piraticus is distinguishable by the coverging white lines down the centre of the abdomen. This immature male in the upper four photographs, was found in late March 2010 at Eakring Flash, whilst this spider's ability to walk on water, is amply illustrated by the juvenile found at Budby South Forest.
Female Pirata piraticus, photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top April 2010.
Juvenile Pirata piraticus, photographed at Budby South Forest April 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pirata piraticus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Tony Kavanagh. NBGRC. Meg Skinner.

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 2019

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