Candy Stripe Spider – Enoplognatha ovata

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Family: Theridiidae (Comb-footed Spiders) » Species: Enoplognatha ovata (Clerck, 1757)

Candy Stripe Spider – Enoplognatha ovata

Identification:  Body length Females 4-6mm, males 3-5mm. Also called the ‘Comb-footed Spider’, this small spider comes with abdomens in three colour variations. One is pale green with black dots, another is pale with two broad red stipes and lines of black dots, and finally another is pale with a single broad red band and black spots.

Biology: The female lays her eggs within a protective folded leaf held together with silk threads.

Diet: Small insects.

When seen: They mature in the summer.

Habitat:  Found in a variety of habitats on low vegetation such a bushes.

Distribution & Status: Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

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