does anyone recognise this spider? it's very distinctive with a chocolate body and cream stripe down it's side.
this is one of Jane's fly catching friends.
CLOSED: not a plant but a spider
Was it on water plants? Does it have spots on it's abdomen? It could be a spotted fishing spider. They are brown with lengthwise stripes.
Calalily you are 100% correct. I sent the photo to the entimology dept of the Ulster Museum.
it's a Raft Spider aka Fishing Spider Dolomedes fimbraitus. they sit at the edge of ponds and lakes waiting for tell-tale ripples. they dash out and grab the prey even if it is underwater.
this one was on a climbing Dicentra growing at the base of Jane's conservatory. it was 50 yards or so away from her nearest pond.
here is a better shot