Eratigena agrestis (Walckenaer, 1802)
A fairly recent colonist in the UK, first appearing in the late 1940's. Eratigena agrestis (once Tegenaria agrestis) has since spread rapidly northwards and is now quite common in Nottinghamshire, where it can be found under stones and wood on wasteground, former pit tops and sparsely vegetated sites. In North America, E. agrestis seems to have a preference for different habitats, more akin to E. duellica in the UK and has been known to bite with sometimes serious consequences when the bite becomes infected. It has never been known to bite people in Europe or the UK, but should be left well alone.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Eratigena agrestis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Howard Williams. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). David Shaw.

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Updated January 2022

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