Micrathena gracilis

Common Names: Spined micrathena
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Spiders

The only web-building members of the species are the females. Females are 8 to 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.

Found in forests, agricultural areas, and residential areas, often in or near trees.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.