Germander Speedwell's picture

Spider identification

Hello - can anyone help to identify this spider? It a small one, just a few millimetres in body length, and I'm sure it's quite common but I couldn't find anything similar in id books yet, for some reason.

Here's a link to some clear photos:

It was found in SE London.

Many thanks if you can help!




DavidHowdon's picture


That link appears to be to a picture of a person getting a plastic sword out of a canal - if there is a spider in the image I cannot see it.

Your best bet is probably to create in iSpot entry for your images (use the 'Add an observation' button) rather than asking in this forum.

Ginny B's picture

I know very little about spiders but .....

I can see the spider pictures but I cannot in any way pretend I know anything about spiders. However I do have a well illustrated book 'Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe' by Michael J Roberts.

Looking at your pictures I wonder, could it be Enoplognatha ovata? The spider in the book illustration looks similar to your photos and is described as being a female (depicted with an egg sack) 4-6mm and may occur in other colour forms that are also illustrated on the plate. Its habitat is said to be low vegetation and bushes and is common thoughout Britain.

I hope this may help.

Germander Speedwell's picture

Spider identification

Hello Ginny, many thanks for your help - I do believe you're right. I have searched on the internet further under Enoplognatha ovata and found lots of corresponding photos and information, so I can be quite confident now it matches up.

Thanks again for taking the time to look this up.