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. Tibia I always with black terminal ring.
This species can only be reliably separated from Enoplognatha latimana by detailed examination with a microscope or good lens.
Hedgerows, grassland and gardens.
May to October.
Feeds on small insects.
Common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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