The carapace is brown and the abdomen features black bars on a grey-brown background although this colouration is variable and some specimens are wholly grey-brown or black.
Examination of the genitalia is required to confirm this species.
Common in grassland and undergrowth of all kinds, including heathland, woodlands and marshy habitats.
Adults can be found at all times of the year, but mostly in the summer and autumn.
The species is widespread and common throughout most of Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
14967 British records to Jan 2013
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