Spiders to be found in and around Torphins Wood, page 3, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods.

Enoplognata ovata and egg sac

Enoplognatha ovata

Found on vegetation. The female secures her egg sac under a leaf she has bent and held in place by silk.

The colouration is variable, but there are always black spots.

Female body length 4 - 6 mm, male 3 - 5 mm.

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Steadota bipunctata, Coffee bean spider

Steatoda bipunctata, the Coffee bean spider, the Rabbit hutch spider

Found in corners of houses, outbuildings and on tree trunks.

Female body length up to 7 mm, male up to 5 mm.

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Salticus sp. a jumping spider

Salticus sp., zebra spider or jumping spider.

Seen on sunny days on walls, fence posts, window frames and in colder weather in conservatories.

Body length 6 - 7 mm.

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Xysticus cristatus, crab spider, female

Xysticus cristatus - a crab spider

Body length female 6 - 8 mm, male 3 - 5 mm.

Found on the ground or on low vegetation.

Egg sac flattish and white.

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