Common Candy-striped Spider - Enoplognatha ovata

    Description

    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.

    Similar Species

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map