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Spaltenkreuzspinne / Walnut Orb-Weaver Spider

Nuctenea umbratica

Description:

SIZE: ♀ 13-16 mm - ♂ 7-10 mm
The spider is very wide and flattened, with a leathery skin. Its color ranges from red brown and grey brown to black with a dark, yellowish to yellow-greenish leaf-like fleckled marking on its opisthosoma, where small dents are visible. These are the onsets of muscles that flatten the abdomen.

Habitat:

The spider hides during the day outside of buildings in wall crevices, or under loose bark. They are very common in Central Europe; females occur all year long, while males appear mostly during summer.
DISTRIBUTION: West-Palaearctic

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FFHRheingau
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FFHRheingau

Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany

Spotted on Jul 7, 2013
Submitted on Jul 7, 2013

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