Phrurolithus festivus (C. L. Koch, 1835)

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Description of Phrurolithus festivus (Pretty ant-spider)

Physical Characteristics

Female 2.5 to 4 mm.
Abdomen dark brown to black with two white spots on the front, three white spots in the middle which can be connected into a band and a white spot just above the spinnerets.
Carapace dark reddish brown.
Legs yellow-brown with dark brown femora, especially in pair of legs I and II.
Palps dark brown.

Male 2 to 3 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. Has a scutum which covers the entire abdomen.


In warm, sunny areas on the ground and between stones and pebbles. Up to 1350 m.


Common in the whole of Europe.


Summer and autumn.