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Female 5 to 8 mm.
Abdomen light brown to brown with light stripes and dots at the rear which are not always clear. Sides at the front slightly darker.
Carapace dark brown with a broad yellow-brown median band which is a bit broader in the eye region and yellow-brown hairs along the edge.
Legs and palps light-dark annulated.
Male 4 to 7 mm.
Markings almost identical to the female, but with more contrast. Abdomen and median band on carapace whiter. Legs yellow-brown with dark brown femora.
Mainly in heathlands and other places. Also in forests.
Common in the whole of Europe. The most common wolf spider.
Spring, summer and early autumn.