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Metellina segmentata (Common Orb Weaver)

Synonyms: Metellina antrorum; Metellina reticulata

Wikipedia Abstract

Metellina segmentata is a spider in the Tetragnathidae family with a Palaearctic distribution. It has also been introduced to Canada. Adults can be found from August to October. These spiders prefer open habitats (edges of a wood, or gardens) and are amongst the most frequent orb-weaving spiders. The web has no threads at its center, similar to most tetragnathid spiders. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day most of the time. Sometimes they hide at the edge and sense prey with the help of a signaling thread.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afonydd Cleddau/ Cleddau Rivers 1855 Wales, United Kingdom  
Berwyn a Mynyddoedd de Clwyd/ Berwyn and South Clwyd Mountains 67265 Wales, United Kingdom
Blean Complex 1286 England, United Kingdom
Borders Woods 132 Scotland, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Coedydd Derw a Safleoedd Ystlumod Meirion/ Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites 6953 Wales, United Kingdom
Crymlyn Bog/ Cors Crymlyn 740 Wales, United Kingdom
Dam Wood 47 Scotland, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Drigg Coast 3453 England, United Kingdom
Durness 2997 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Epping Forest 3966 England, United Kingdom  
Eryri/ Snowdonia 48773 Wales, United Kingdom  
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Galloway Oakwoods 877 Scotland, United Kingdom
Glannau Môn: Cors heli / Anglesey Coast: Saltmarsh 2614 Wales, United Kingdom  
Halkyn Mountain/ Mynydd Helygain 1508 Wales, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
North Pennine Moors 254789 England, United Kingdom
North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro 615 Wales, United Kingdom  
Oak Mere 170 England, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
River Spey 14158 Scotland, United Kingdom
Salisbury Plain 52975 England, United Kingdom
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
South Pennine Moors 160577 England, United Kingdom  
South Solway Mosses 4849 England, United Kingdom
South Wight Maritime 49082 England, United Kingdom
St David`s / Ty Ddewi 2312 Wales, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
Walton Moss 706 England, United Kingdom  
Wast Water 707 England, United Kingdom
Witherslack Mosses 1202 England, United Kingdom
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Arytaina genistae[1]
Arytainilla spartiophila[1]
Asciodema obsoleta[1]
Camptogramma bilineata <Unverified Name>[2]
Leucoptera spartifoliella (Scotch broom twig miner)[1]
Musca autumnalis (face fly)[2]
Orthotylus adenocarpi[1]
Orthotylus concolor[1]
Orthotylus virescens[1]
Tipula paludosa (European crane fly)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alopecosa pulverulenta1
Bombycilla garrulus (Bohemian Waxwing)1
Cercidia prominens1
Corvus corone (Carrion Crow)1
Cryphoeca silvicola1
Dictyna arundinacea1
Dolomedes fimbriatus (Raft Spider)1
Evarcha falcata1
Gallinago gallinago (Common Snipe)1
Heliophanus flavipes1
Hypsosinga pygmaea1
Itoplectis alternans1
Itoplectis maculator1
Larinioides patagiatus1
Linyphia hortensis1
Linyphia triangularis (European hammock spider)1
Mangora acalypha1
Metellina mengei1
Motacilla alba (White Wagtail)1
Motacilla cinerea (Grey Wagtail)1
Neriene clathrata1
Ophion obscuratus1
Pardosa hortensis1
Pardosa nigriceps1
Pardosa palustris1
Pardosa pullata1
Phaonia tuguriorum1
Philodromus aureolus1
Philodromus cespitum1
Philodromus dispar (House Crab Spider)1
Pimpla rufipes (Black Slip Wasp)1
Pimpla turionellae1
Salticus cingulatus1
Salticus scenicus1
Scambus brevicornis1
Siphona geniculata1
Tapinopa longidens1
Tetragnatha extensa (Long-jawed Orb Weaver)1
Thanatus striatus1
Theridion varians1
Tringa ochropus (Green Sandpiper)1
Trochosa ruricola (Rustic wolf spider)1
Turdus pilaris (Fieldfare)1
Xysticus ulmi1


Palearctic; introduced in Canada;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Ecology of Commanster
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