Theridion varians (Hahn, 1833)
A small spider which makes a small tangled web amongst foliage. Colouration and markings are extremely variable in this species, hence the name varians. This spider is probably common throughout much of Nottinghamshire, but is not the commonest of Theridion  we have. The top two photographs are of a superbly coloured adult female found at Oak Tree Heath in August 2021, whilst a probable sub-adult female is shown in the lower two photographs.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Theridion varians
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Howard Williams. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Tony Kavanagh.

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 2021

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