Special features: Gets its name from it's preferred habitat among tall grasses. The Latin name 'oblongus' is derived from the elongated body shape.
The shape and colouring help to disguise it when hiding in long dry grass. Grass spiders assume a stretched out posture when resting.
The males look similar to the females although their bodies are slimmer.
Latin name: Tibellus oblongus
Size: Approximately 10mms long
Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen: Mostly from July to October
Food: Small insects and flies
Habitat: Often found on coastal dunes among grasses, but also inland in damp fields and meadows