Micrathena gracilis
(Spined Micrathena)

Picture ID 122371

Picture of Micrathena gracilis (Spined Micrathena) - Female - Lateral

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I believe it is a female spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis) based off the information I've found on Google. I could definitely be wrong, thats just my guess. My research says they are usually found outside, in webs. I found this little guy on my kitchen counter. It seems to have a hard time walking on the counter, and preferred being on a paper towel, it also seemed very excited to go outside in the sunlight, it got very active climbing around wanting out of the jar, so i released it.

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TangledWeb

Hi, yes you have the ID correct, good job! @ItsyBitsy This may be our site’s first sighting of the species in Ohio. The ones I’ve seen were in South Carolina. They really don’t belong indoors. Their webs are at a height that is easy for people to walk into, so she might have arrived indoors on someone’s clothes. No, they aren’t built for walking on flat horizontal surfaces – they’re top-heavy. They seem to prefer verticals, like tree trunks or holding onto their own webs. Most Orbweaver Spiders are nocturnal, but this species lives in shaded places and stays awake… Read more »

Towerchick

This is a cool looking spider!!!

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