Cyclosa insulana (Costa, 1834)

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Description of Cyclosa insulana (Brown lobed spider)

Physical Characteristics

Female 6.5 to 7 mm.
with four protrusions at the back, from which the middle one is the longest. Colour black-brown with a variable pattern of yellow to red and silver spots. Young animals almost completely silver.
Carapace black-brown.
Legs and palps clearly light-dark annulated.

Male ca 5 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.


Dry, warm areas with shrubs and little vegetation.


Occurs in the Mediterranean area.


The portrayed specimens have been found in June. No further information about the period is known.


The spider sits, in contrast to the other European Orb weavers, with its head up in the web. The authors have also observed a transverse position of the species.