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Philodromus cespitum (Walckenaer, 1802)

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Description of Philodromus cespitum (Turf running spider)

Physical Characteristics

Strongly resembles Philodromus aureolus and Philodromus collinus. The markings of the female are clearer than in P. aureolus.

Female 5 to 6 mm.
Abdomen orange-brown with a clear cardiac mark which is surrounded by white hairs and white stripes to the rear.
Carapace dark brown with a white median band and a narrow white band around.
Legs orange-brown to brown with light annulations and some black spines.
Palps orange-brown to brown with light annulations.

Male 3.5 to 5 mm.
Abdomen light brown to dark brown with a little less clear cardiac mark than the female, which is surrounded by white hairs and white and dark stripes to the rear. The dark varieties may have a slight metallic shine.
Carapace light brown to dark brown with a slightly lighter median band and a narrow white band around.
Legs light brown to dark brown with light annulations and some black spines.
Palps light brown to dark brown with light annulations.

Habitat

On sunny places in trees, shrubs and plants.

Distribution

Common in the whole of Europe.

Period

Spring and summer.