Candy-stripe Spider in the raspberries

July 7th 2020

Candy-stripe Spider in the raspberries

This pretty spider was found amongst the raspberries in our polytunnel at Clachtoll on 4 July 2020.

It is the comb-footed or candy-stripe spider, Enoplognatha ovata (redimita morph). This species is well distributed in the UK and lives in gardens and hedgerows. As you can see it has a cream coloured abdomen with two vivid red stripes from where it gets its name. These two stripes also tell us it is the redimita morph of this species of which there are three major forms.

This is a fascinating species of spider and here is a link to the British Arachnological Society’s website where you can read lots more about it.

Andy Summers

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