Pardosa lugubris


    One of the smaller wolf spiders ( 5 to 7 mm). The cephalothorax (head and thorax) of the female is dark brown has a lighter brown median strip. In the male the cephalothorax is almost black with a paler grey median strip. A difficult species to identify in the field as there are other similar species.

    Identification difficulty

    Along woodland edges and sunny places within woods.

    When to see it

    Spring and early summer.

    Life History

    The females make and carry several egg sacs and are fond of basking in the sun to help speed up the development of the spiderlings.

    UK Status

    A common and widespread spider in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    549 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map