A study of the biodiversity of a small area (0.4 sq.m.) of lawn in a country garden in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, UK. Created as part of the Wildlife Gardening Forum project.
Monday, 2 April 2012
Rustic wolf spider (Trochosa ruricola).
The spider that turned up in the pitfall trap under the half brick on 30th March proved to be a male rustic wolf spider, Trochosa ruricola. It is the first I have identified from the garden, but I expect it is common as it seems to be across its extensive range.
It is known to be found on lawns as well as in a wide range of other fairly open habitats and it occurs frequently in pitfall traps. It is widespread in Sussex with most records from coastal locations.