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Spot on with the genus and the correct species pair, and with the fact that this *probably* is, m.segmentata.
However Chris is correct in that this can't be identified confidently to species from this photograph. The timing might be better for m.segmentata, but it does not rule out an occasional m.mengei.
The adult season for both on the SRS website illustrates this :-
(previous species for m.segmentata).
..and metellina can be identified to species level from a photograph, it just needs to be a very, very, good macro shot on the correct area for the given sex (palps and tarsal fringes for males, epigyne from a perfectly dorsal aspect for females).
Hi Matt, I do agree with your last statement. I should have put "from this photograph" in hindsight.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
My Flickr site - www.flickr.com/photos/ceb1298
...thank you all for all the info.
Lat/Lng: 50.728508, -1.752033
OS grid ref: SZ175921
In shrub/wood area adjoining marshland.