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Long-horned Orb-weaver Spider

Macracantha arcuata

Description:

As members of the orb-weaver family of spiders, these amazing creatures build the typical circular web of their cousins across pathways so you can walk into them in the dark. The purpose of the disproportionately long body horns however remains a mystery. This is one of the larger individuals I have come across; each horn is about 45mm in length.



1 species ID suggestions

Spiny orb weaver
Micrathena cyanospina ?

46 Comments (1–25)

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 2 years ago

It looks like Micrathena cyanospina, but this specie is supposed to live in South America ...

AndreaLim
AndreaLim 2 years ago

What an unusual spider. Great spotting!

gully.moy
gully.moy 2 years ago

Crazy stuff!

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 2 years ago

Wonderful SOTD!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

A belated congratulations on a spectacular spotting of the day!

Tom15
Tom15 2 years ago

Congratulations, this incredible spider photo is well deserving of SOTD!!!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Wow!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 2 years ago

Not surprised by your SOTD. Awesome and congratulations! Much-deserved. Very amazing spider.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

Awesome!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 2 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations!

tibiprada
tibiprada 2 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥

Utheowyn
Utheowyn 2 years ago

wonderful creature...thanks for sharing, Sinobug!

ceherzog
ceherzog 2 years ago

Wow! That's a sight to behold...congrats

mr.j.drake
mr.j.drake 2 years ago

you learn something new everyday !

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

Congratulations, Sinobug,,

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 2 years ago

Spectaclar! Congos!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Congratulations, what a fantastic SOTD!

Atul
Atul 2 years ago

Superb Spotting ! congratulations :)

Incredible spider, beautiful!! Congratulation on the SOTD, Sinobug!

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

Fantastic spotting well deserved congrats!

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 2 years ago

Congratulations John

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD!

Congratulations on this awe inspiring SotD !

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 2 years ago

Congrats !!

Beautiful capture Sinobug,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing

普洱市, 云南省, Paracel Islands

Lat: 22.77, Long: 100.97

Spotted on Feb 16, 2013
Submitted on Feb 20, 2013

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