Female to 10mm; male to 7mm.
Distinctive, with a glossy brown carapace and legs, and a velvety abdomen with a dark anterior wedge-shaped marking surrounded by cream. The male is slimmer than the female (photo) but otherwise similar.
On tree trunks, walls, around windows and under old pots. Europe and W Asia. Adult females all year; males from June to November.
Lace-like, built around the entrance to a hole or crevice.
'Bit person on hand, causing painful swelling."
'Local pins and needles including on tongue, local swelling for 12 hours.'