Common Wolf Spider - Pardosa pullata

Description

This is a very dark coloured wolf spider.

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.

Habitat

P. pullata occurs in various open habitats such as grasslands, woodland clearings, roadsides etc.

When to see it

Adults of both sexes occur mainly in early to mid-summer, occasionally persisting until the autumn.

UK Status

The species is frequent and widespread in most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

20412 British records for this species to 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map