Common Candy-striped Spider - Enoplognatha ovata


    Approximately 6mm from front of head to back of abdomen. There is a pale creamy-green coloured variety (form lineata), a form with two red stripes along the abdomen (redimita form) and another variation where the two red stripes are replaced by a single thick red strip (form ovata). The black spots on both sides of the abdomen are present in all three forms.

    Similar Species

    This species can only be reliably separated from Enoplognatha latimana by detailed examination with a microscope or good lens.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows, grassland and gardens.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History

    Feeds on small insects.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    10344 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map