Hi. I photographed this spider on a web in gorse. Is it Agelena labrynthica? The web and funnel seem right, but the markings on the spider aren't as described. Thanks David.
I believe that is a female Pisaura mirabilis, known as the Nursery Web Spider. She is standing guard over the web with her eggs in, and will continue to guard the spiderlings when they hatch.
Thanks for the answer. I wondered if it mightbe Agelena, as there were several funnel webs in the surrounding gorse but the spiders retreated too quickly for me to photograph. Pisaura is obviously braver. David.