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Spined Micrathena Spider

Micrathena gracilis

Description:

A large orange spiny spider that elicits a gasp from anyone coming across this one! About 1.5 cm long. It runs rapidly from net attachment to net attachment when threatened. It also makes a large but irregular web. Reports for this species say they have 10 abdominal spines and come in a wide variety of colors from black, white, purple, yellow, orange etc. They are supposed to make CD-like webs (i.e. very compact) but the ones I've seen in this locality all have neglected webs. Micrathena species are members of the Orb Weaver Spiders.

Habitat:

Forest, Chorreadero Park, Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.

Notes:

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/10/16/s... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spined_mic... https://www.flickr.com/photos/oghy/51485...

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4 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you Michael :)

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 years ago

Fantastic picture.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you Emilie, you are right! I found pictures just like mine - as well as a wild variety of other colors! Amazing how variable this species can be.

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 6 years ago

Beautiful pics!
Micrathena gracilis?

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 22, 2015
Submitted on Feb 18, 2016

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