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Spined micrathena (female)

Micrathena gracilis

Description:

8 mm long orbweaver. The first photo is the ventral view showing the spider's spinneret, or silk-spinning organ. The only web-building members of the species are the females. Females are 8-10 mm long. They exhibit a bulbous abdomen with a total of ten spines. Males exhibit a fair amount of sexual dimorphism. They tend to be around only half the size of the females. Also, they have fewer spines, a flatter abdomen, and a slightly lighter tone. Although males can produce silk, they mostly use it in the mating ritual, which frequently also proves fatal.

Habitat:

Rural


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63 Comments (1–25)

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you guys!

Belated Birthday wishes ! and congrats on the SOTD ! :) :) :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Congratulations for your SOTD and your Birthday!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen! and Congratulations for the SOTD!

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen and congratulations!!!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you guys for all your kind comments!
jcm, this was taken using my Lumix FZ200 point and shoot with a Raynox DCR-250 macro convertor.

njumer
njumer 5 years ago

Great spot, Thats one sweet !!

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 5 years ago

congrats, and happy B-day Karen! :-)

Awesome Karen,congrats on this well deserved SOTD and on your Birth Day , thanks for sharing and for your great work on PN :-)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

happy birthday karen and congrats on your SOTD! great orbweaver, love the hue and thanks for sharing!

RobThacker
RobThacker 5 years ago

Congrats on your birthday and SOTD

jcmlockerbie
jcmlockerbie 5 years ago

What kind of camera are you using for your shots? Wonderfully clear!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Happy B'Day Karen and congrats for the befitting SOTD. I'm always grateful for all your encouragement and support. Have a big bash!

PieterColpaert
PieterColpaert 5 years ago

Congrats and Happy Birthday Karen!

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 5 years ago

Happy Birthday and Great SOTD, Karen!

zaidirazak
zaidirazak 5 years ago

congrats great find

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD & Happy birthday Karen!!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

I said it deserved... ;-)

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

What a lovely Birthday present! Thank you Yasser for the honor and to you all for your kind comments and good wishes. I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful community! :)

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Karen, congrats to you on this incredible SOTD... And happy birthday too...

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Karen & hope you are having a wonderful birthday :)

CarlaTuckerJohnson
CarlaTuckerJohnson 5 years ago

I received a bite from orb weaver last year I taught my son to respect the spiders and I found out that stuck because my granddaughter ask me which spider bite me Maeve or Alice so they had named them after themselves Lucky me I still have venom in my arm

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen! and Congratulations for the SOTD!!

Happy Birthday Karen, Congratulations on the SotD !

beaker98
beaker98 5 years ago

Happy birthday Karen! Thanks for sharing this image, as well as all your others with us! Congrats on SOTD.

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.63, Long: -83.76

Spotted on Oct 13, 2013
Submitted on Oct 18, 2013

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