Poecilochroa variana (C. L. Koch, 1839)

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Description of Poecilochroa variana

Physical Characteristics

Strongly resembles Aphantaulax cincta.
Female 5 to 10 mm.
Abdomen black with a pattern of white stripes and spots. The hairs, however, are sometimes (partly) abraded and in that case the pattern can be difficult to recognize.
Carapace red to dark brown with a white median band. For here it may also be that the hairs are (partly) abraded and therefore the white band is difficult to recognize.
Legs orange to dark reddish brown with black femora.
Palps black.

Male 4 to 7 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.


On sand and rocks in dry, sunny areas.


Occurs in almost the whole of Europe, but quite rare.