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.
Photograph of Rustic Wolf Spider (Trochosa ruricola), taken May 2012, local field, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.