Ladybird Spider Facts
- The Ladybird Spider is a small but fascinating arachnid that, like others in its genus, derives its name from the coloring of the male.
- Most noteworthy remains the fact that scientists thought the species extinct for nearly 70 years, in England.
- However, researchers rediscovered a few individuals there in 1980.
- It is currently (and sadly) only known to exist in widely scattered small concentrations throughout its endemic range.
- As a result, it has been protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act since 1981.
- Efforts to repopulate the species have finally managed to increase their numbers somewhat.
Ladybird Spider Physical Characteristics
The Ladybird Spider displays sexual dimorphism in two separate ways. To begin with, the males attain a typical size of 0.35 in (9 mm). The females usually reach a far larger size, growing to as much as 0.63 in (16 mm) in size.
The females become less colorful, though, being almost universally a jet black in color. Yet the males (while smaller) develop far brighter coloring. They present a bright orange on their backs, with two large black spots displayed.
The females almost always die shortly after reproducing, since the hatchlings proceed to feed on the body of the mother.
Species: E. sandaliatus