Agalenatea redii (NL: Brede wielwebspin / EN: Gorse orbweaver / DE: Körbchenspinne / FR: Épeire de velours) is a species of 'orbweavers' belonging to the family Araneidae. Agalenatea redii is the single European member of this genus. The male spider is between 3.5 and 4.5 mm, the female 5.5 - 7 mm. It has an almost circular body and can be identified by the v-sign at the front end of the abdomen. This spider is very variable in color. They are active very early and adults can already be encountered from April. This species is thermophilic and prefers open habitats, like sandy and arid grasslands, sunny edges of woods, warm steppes, etc. so it can be found in heather and gorse, usually below one metre above the ground, and rough grassland where the spider often makes its web between dead herbaceous stems with a retreat in a dead flower-head.
Image: Schilde (B) - 15/10/2011
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