A rare and remarkable spider has been discovered living at a North Devon nature reserve. The strawberry spider, was found at Devon Wildlife Trusts Meeth Quarry reserve. The strawberry spider, also known as araneus alsine, has been classified as a nationally scarce species, and has only been sighted a handful of times in Devon since its first discovery in 2008. The spider has a very distinctive red-orange body, flecked with yellow dots and looks like a plump, ripe strawberry. Its also large for a British spider, with the bodies of females reaching up to 15mm in size. The discovery was made by Rob Wolton while making a routine visit to the Meeth Quarry reserve. He said: I was out recording insects like hoverflies on the reserve, when I spotted this huge red spider unlike any I had ever seen before. I took some photos and when I got home looked it up. It was a real surprise to find such an eye-catching spider. It just goes to show what a special place Meeth Quarry is. Full of the unexpected. Meeth Quarry is one of 50 nature reserves cared for by the charity Devon Wildlife Trust.