A female black lace-weaver spider

Black lace-weaver

Black lace-weaver spiders can be found under stones and logs in the woodlands and gardens of Europe and North America. Look out in cellars and outbuildings, or other dark areas of your home, as these spiders have been known to deliver a painful bite. The dutiful mother guards her eggs and once her spiderlings have hatched she makes the ultimate sacrifice... to become their first meal.

Scientific name: Amaurobius ferox

Rank: Species

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The Black lace-weaver can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Black lace-weaver distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


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  6. Amaurobiidae
  7. Amaurobius
  8. Black lace-weaver

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