I have seen these spiders begin to emerge in the garden from the first warm days of spring when the sun has finally broken free of winter. They appear on the rocks, decking and paving around my pond in fairly large numbers, stretching out and warming up their bodies like sun worshippers. From a family of spiders called
Lycosidae, which comes from ancient Greek meaning ‘wolf’, these wolf spiders are very efficient hunters, with excellent eyesight, speed and agility.
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Spotted Wolf Spider Pardosa amentata females, April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman