Metellina merianae (Scopoli, 1763)

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Look for the description of the species at the bottom of the page.

Description of Metellina merianae

Physical Characteristics

Female 7 to 12 mm.
Abdomen Yellow-brown to dark brown with an indistinct dark leaf-shaped pattern.
Carapace yellowish to greyish with a black median band, some black radial lines and a thin black border.
Legs and palps yellowish with black annulations and spots.

Male 7.5 to 8 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.


Damp dark areas, such as between rocks and walls, caves and deep gorges.


Common in the whole of Europe.


Spring and summer. Females until autumn.