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Monday, July 20, 2020

Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis)

Four days ago I brought you the arrow-shaped micrathena (Micrathena sagittata). Today I present it's close relative, the spined micrathena (Micrathena gracilis). One of the fun things about this species is that they are known to construct webs at about face-height across hiking trails. Before criticizing this wild neighbor's (uncomfortable for many of us) habits, keep in mind that it does a good job of cutting down on the number of mosquitoes that fly around the forest at about head height too. Thankfully this is another species that is not poisonous to humans, so if one should land on your face, arms, or shirt upon accidental collision with it's web, no worries. This particular individual was found near the south side of Harris Island where the forest begins with an understory of ostrich fern and nettle.

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