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Rare spider that looks like fruit spotted in Devon

Photo: Devon Wildlife Trust

A rare spider resembling a piece of fruit has been discovered at a North Devon nature reserve.

Devon Wildlife Trust says the strawberry spider was found at Meeth Quarry nature reserve.

The Trust says it is one of "a handful" of sightings in Devon.

The spider has a very distinctive red-orange body, flecked with yellow dots and looks remarkably like a plump, ripe strawberry.

DWT says the discovery was made by expert Rob Wolton.

Mr Wolton says he took a picture of the spider before returning home to research its species.

I was out recording insects like hoverflies on the reserve, when I spotted this huge red spider unlike any I had ever seen before. It just goes to show what a special place Meeth Quarry is. Full of the unexpected.

– Rob Wolton