This species is quite easy to identify from black markings on its back that resemble either a cricket bat or a three-pronged fork. In the UK the vast majority of records are from south of a line between the Severn and the Wash. It spins its orb web on grass or low vegetation. At 2.5-3 mm in length the males are significantly smaller than the females (3.5-4 mm).
|Head and chelicerae of a female Mangora acalypha||Spinnerets of a male of female Mangora acalypha||Left Pedipalp (male sexual organ) of Mangora acalypha|
|Epigyne (female sexual organ) of Mangora acalypha||Pedipalp of a female Mangora acalypha||Tarsal claw of a female Mangora acalypha|