Common Fox-spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta


Length 5 to 10 mm. The markings of this wolf spider are variable in colouration and patterning.

Similar Species

Other Alopecosa species have broadly similar markings so care is needed.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

9379 British records to Jan 2013

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map