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Candy stripe spider

A very striking example of the candystripe spider, Enoplognatha ovata. Despite this individual being a good example of how the spider gets its name, it is one of the most variable in pattern and colouring to be found in this country. It is also one of the commonest spiders to be found in gardens and hedgerows, but this fact probably goes unnoticed on account of this variable colouring, and also that it tends to build sheet webs under leaves and hang upside down under them. Most of the time it's impossible to even see the markings, so it was particularly pleasing to find such an impressive specimen wandering across this unusual plant. Admittedly, I did poke it a couple of times to get it in a good position where I could take its picture, but it was too good an opportunity to miss, epecially on such an unusual plant.

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Taken on July 1, 2011