Candy-striped Spider Enoplognatha ovata


Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha ovata form lineata

Form lineata discovered in garden. 1st July 2017. © Peter Hillman

Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha ovata form redimita

Form redimita discovered in garden.
21st June 2016. © Peter Hillman

Enoplognatha ovata sensu lato female with egg ball

Female with egg sac discovered in garden. 19th August 2017. © Peter Hillman

Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha ovata form redimita

Form redimita discovered in garden.
25th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Candy-striped Spider Enoplognatha ovata form lineata

Form lineata discovered in garden.
1st July 2017. © Peter Hillman

Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha ovata form ovata

Form ovata discovered in garden.
26th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha ovata form ovata

Form ovata discovered in garden.
26th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Theridiidae (Comb-footed spiders)

Body length 3-6 mm.

This small spider comes with abdomens in three colour variations. Form lineata is creamy-yellow with lines of black dots, form redimita is also creamy-yellow but with two broad red stripes and lines of black dots, and finally form ovata has a single broad red band and black spots. Sometimes the black dots may be abscent in all forms. Very similar to Enoplognatha latimana which is much rarer.

The female lays her eggs within a protective folded leaf held together with silk threads. She uses bramble or nettle leaves, and deposits a single egg sac which she guards.

Seen May to October, and found in a variety of habitats on low vegetation such a bushes. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles. A native species.