There are around two hundred and fifty Money Spiders in England, but the most common Money Spider has the Latin name ‘Leptohoptrum Robustrum’. This Money Spider can be found throughout the country in woodlands, parks and gardens. It weaves a hammock-shaped web close to the ground and the web is supported by lots of tangled lines of thread which are attached to vegetation and plants above. The Money Spider waits patiently underneath the web for an insect to get trapped and then it bites the insect to paralyse it. The spider then wraps the insect in silk before eating it.
The Money Spider (Leptohoptrum Robustrum) is about five millimetres in length and its body is divided into two parts, which are the ‘cephalothrax’ and the ‘abdomen’. The cephalothrox is a brown colour and holds eight eyes, four pairs of brown legs and the spider’s jaws. The abdomen is brown-black with white markings and has silk-producing organs called ‘spinnerets’ which are situated at the rear of the abdomen.
The female Money Spider (Leptohoptrum Robustrum) makes an egg sac out of silk and lays her eggs in it and the young, called spiderlings, hatch out of the eggs around May. Each spiderling is yellow with a black pyramid-shaped marking on its back. The spiderlings stay together in groups until they have developed enough to be fully independent. Many spiderlings of other species of spiders are referred to as Money Spiders.