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The Green Huntsman is an uncommon and local spider, mainly found in the south of England (click here for a distribution map) and it also appears to be in decline. As it grows relatively slowly, taking 18 months to reach maturity, populations may be adversely affected by cold and wet springs.
No courtship, long copulation
Males mature in May and June and have a very short season. They grab females if they find them, with no preliminaries, but copulation is long.
When ready to lay, the female locks herself in a large leaf retreat made by attaching together and lining several leaves with silk. She wraps her green eggs on a whitish egg sac, and remains in this retreat until the spiderlings disperse. A second brood may be produced.