Enoplognatha ovata (Clerck, 1757)
An attractively and distinctively marked spider, Enoplognatha ovata is fairly commonly found at Sherwood Forest CP and in parts of Budby South Forest. This female with her bluish egg sac (correct spelling) was photographed in early September 2009. There are several colour forms, including the all white form shown in the middle two photos.
Enoplognatha ovata juvenile. Photographed at Retford Cemetery April 2023.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Enoplognatha ovata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Howard Williams. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Pauline Bradford. Tony Kavanagh. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Darren Matthews. Tim Sexton. NBGRC. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). Rob Johnson. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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