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Macaroeris nidicolens (Walckenaer, 1802)

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Description of Macaroeris nidicolens

Physical Characteristics

Female 5 to 7 mm. Markings variable.
Abdomen light brown, sometimes with a white band around and a white cross-shaped pattern at the rear. Sometimes only with a pattern of dark lines and spots.
Carapace light grey to light brown with striking large dark spots around the posterior eyes and just behind the anterior eyes. Between these spots and around the anterior eyes yellowish hair. Beneath the eyes light hair.
Legs light-dark annulated.
Palps light-dark annulated. Lighter than the legs.

Male 4 to 6 mm. Markings variable.
Abdomen similar to the female, but a lot darker.
Carapace dark brown with small white spots and around and behind the anterior eyes reddish hair. Behind the posterior eyes two large white spots. On top of the chelicerae also a white tuft of hair.
Legs light-dark annulated.
Palps dark brown.

Habitat

Warm, sunny and partly shaded places on rocks and in bushes.

Distribution

Common in almost the entire Mediterranean area. Seems to extend and establish itself further to the north.

Period

Spring and summer.