Amaurobius ferox
(Black Lace-Weaver)

Featured spider picture The spider species Amaurobius ferox, commonly known as Black Lace-Weaver, belongs to the genus Amaurobius, in the family Amaurobiidae. Amaurobius ferox spiders have been sighted 75 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Amaurobius ferox includes 3 countries and 14 states in the United States. Amaurobius ferox is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Amaurobiidae
  • Genus: Amaurobius
  • Species: Amaurobius ferox

Other Common Names

Black Lace-weaver, Black Laceweaver

Author

Charles Athanase Walckenaer, 1830

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Sightings Overview

There have been 75 confirmed sightings of Amaurobius ferox (Black Lace-Weaver), with the most recent sighting submitted on June 10, 2018 by Spider ID member domnfg. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 75 sightings because of certain Amaurobius ferox sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 6% of the time, Amaurobius ferox spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 63)
  • Sex: 8 female and 36 male.
  • Environment: Amaurobius ferox has been sighted 9 times outdoors, and 56 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (3). Ground layer (1). Under rock or debris (3). Forest (1). Cave (1).

Location and Range

Amaurobius ferox (Black Lace-Weaver) has been sighted in the following countries: Canada, United Kingdom, United States.

Amaurobius ferox has also been sighted in the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Seasonality

Amaurobius ferox has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 4
  • February: 8
  • March: 10
  • April: 20
  • May: 25
  • June: 3
  • July:
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  • October:
  • November: 2
  • December: 1

Additional Remarks

  • Spider is overall dark in coloration; brownish-red or nearly black. The abdomen has pale markings in a unique pattern that is often likened to a ghoulish mask or skull. It may be faded or difficult to see in some specimens.
  • Adult males are often found indoors in the spring as they wander for mates, but adult females can probably be found at any time of year.
  • Egg sac is lens-shaped, about 7-15mm in diameter, with anywhere from 60-180 eggs inside.
  • This species is matriphagous, which means the mother sacrifices herself as food for her spiderlings.
  • Spider is  considered “subsocial” because, after cannibalizing their mother, the spiderlings remain together and feed communally for about a month.
  • Cloudsley-Thompson (1955) mentions that, in England, this species is sometimes called the “Old Churchman” because it can be seen scurrying around on the walls and pews of old churches before rain storms.

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