Yes, I agree your Pardosa is in the agrestis group, and monticola on very old or unimproved grassland is a good possibility. It will not be mature at this time of year, but this is a difficult group even with adults under a microscope and good lighting!
Pardosa palustris is the only member of this group which is straightforward to identify (as an adult under a microscope). There is a lot of variation in epigynes and palps and reliance only on the figures of these is fraught with danger, and misidentification is not unusual. Locket & Millidge British Spiders is an essential aid. Voucher specimens of adults are absolutely essential for this group and anything at all unusual, improbable or unusual habitat etc should be checked by an experienced arachnologist. Even the most experienced arachnologist can have difficulties with some specimens.
Thanks for your help.
Pardosa it is. A stripey one like monticola but Peter could probably make a much better guess as he knows them very well. However he may pass on a guess!
Why are you hunting spiders in the snow? It is never recommended in spider books!
Thanks for your help...just thinking about looking closer at spiders, so may post more as the year warms up.
I think i may have found a steatoda nobilis near garstang in preston. I looks very much like all the pictures on google images, so i thought it may be one. however on this website, there seem to be none of these spiders above the midlands, and i am obviously up north! I only have two pictures of the spider, but would love it if somebody could identify it for me. thank you!
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