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.
This is a distinctly reddish-brown spider with a pale band running down the carapace, and is one of the larger species of wolf spider. The females have larger abdomens than the males. Body length up to 14mm.
It feeds on small invertebrates which it hunts down on the ground.
Seen all year round. Found under stones in grassland, and in damp places like woodland under leaf litter and moss. A common and widespread species throughout Britain.