Nuctenea umbratica (Clerck, 1757)

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Description of Nuctenea umbratica (Walnut orb weaver)

Physical Characteristics

Female 13 to 16 mm.
Abdomen built remarkably flat. Colour reddish brown to dark brown with a black leaf-shaped figure and two rows of dents.
Carapace black-brown with light brown hairs.
Legs and palps black-brown with light brown annulations or spots.

Male 7 to 10 mm.
Markings almost identical to the female, but darker. Remarkably long legs.


Narrow crevices and hollows in trees and buildings.


Very common in the whole of Europe.


Summer and autumn.