Pardosa prativaga


Its mottled patterning of brown and black is similar to that of other Pardosa species and detailed examination is required to be sure of the correct identification.

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.


P. prativaga occurs on open ground and herbage in various open habitats including grasslands, waste ground, fields, heathland, woodland clearings, dunes, old quarries and roadside verges as well as in wet places such as dyke edges, fens, marshes and bogs.

When to see it

The spider is adult mainly in early to mid summer.

UK Status

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, with very scattered records further north.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Further Information

7079 British records for this species to 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