Candy Striped Spider

By: Meriel Bradley

This was an interesting find on the speedwell in my garden – a Candy Striped Spider.

According to Wikipedia, it is:

  • Native to Europe and has been introduced to North America a long time ago
  • Belongs to the family Theridiidae
  • It’s not a very big spider – only about 6mm – not including its legs
  • Despite its small size, this is a formidable predator which can prey on insects many times its size
  • The female deposits its eggs in a white sac and after several days the sac gradually changes colour to a blue/grey. This is secreted within a rolled-up leaf fastened with silk and the female guards it until the eggs hatch
Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I am certainly more of a butterfly and bee lover, but it is really quite a beautiful find.

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