Common Fox-spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta
Length 5 to 10 mm. The markings of this wolf spider are variable in colouration and patterning.
Other Alopecosa species have broadly similar markings so care is needed.
Confirmation of this species: "Requires examination at high magnification in good lighting, typically examination of the genitalia." Bee, L., Oxford, G., & Smith, H. (2020). Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide. Second Edition. Princeton University Press.
Common on dry heathland areas and woodland.
Spring to autumn.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
9379 British records to Jan 2013
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