This spider has a velvety appearance and is often found in the vicinity of water particularly on man-made objects. It is locally distributed in England but is widespread throughout the rest of Northern Europe.
Above: two spiders from under a bridge in Lincoln. There are so many there that an unknown artist decided to mark out a spider-lane; see below.
Above: these three dark specimens were photographed at Whisby nature reserve in Lincolnshire.
Below: this light individual was photographed in France.
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