Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Candystripe Spider (Enoplognatha ovata)

Adult Candystripe Spider (Enoplognatha ovata) at Geddington, Northants - July 2014

OTHER NAMES: Comb-footed Spider
Weight: ?
Length: 4.5-7mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A small but very distinctively coloured spider, the Candystripe spider is found through Europe and has also been introduced to North America.  While it's body only reaches 6mm long, it feeds on insects many times its size.  The colours on this individual were quite vivid yellow and magenta, but it is a variable species, which has a selection of other less colourful appearances as well.

Related Species:
Order: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus: Enoplognatha

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A widespread resident
 - Seen at Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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