Xysticus bifasciatus

Xysticus bifasciatus

Xysticus bifasciatus bifasciatus is a large and robust spider and of the twelve British species in the genus it is equalled in size only by Xysticus luctator and Xysticus robustus. It is found in low vegetation, under stones on chalk grassland and sometimes on warm grassy heaths. Adults of both sexes are found in spring and early summer, females occasionally persisting into the autumn.
Crab Spider devouring larvae of ladybug Unfortunately, this ladybug never reached adulthood due to this crab spider. Crab spiders are like the chameleons of the insect empire. They cannot change their camouflage on the spot, yet there are many species each specialized in having a particular color or shape to match the surroundings. They are typically equipped with strong venom. 

Not 100% sure about the identification, feel free to challenge it, as always. Geotagged,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,Spring,Xysticus bifasciatus


Colouration sand to pink, male darker. Sternum brown to beige, longish oval. Margin partly dark brown. Legs with dark brown lines and spots. Densely haired dorsally, with brown folium, with 3 bright transverse lines on the back.
Body length male: 5.4-6.9 mm, Body length female: 6.6-9.2 mm


It is a Palaearctic species widespread in western and central Europe. The species is widely scattered in England, Wales and Scotland, but fairly widespread in southern central England. Has not been recorded from Ireland.


Scarce, but may be frequent at some sites, particularly in southern England. This species has apparently shown a long-term decline. The decline has probably been a result of loss of calcareous grassland to arable and succession to scrub and woodland.


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SpeciesXysticus bifasciatus
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