Picture ID 98955

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Some kind of orb weaver? Found behind shed, hole in middle of web, semi-large web.

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  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2020
  • Photographed: Jun 11, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Bellville, Ohio, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),High foliage (includes trees and tree trunks)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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She’s Micrathena gracilis, a Spiny Micrantha orbweaver. Her cephalothorax and two pairs of her legs are on the side opposite of what is visible. Her eyes are pointed downward, toward the ground. I don’t know what she’s doing with her fourth pair of legs (closest to the top of the photo). She might be preparing to replace the center of the web. I’ve seen them gather and roll part of the web, then eat the rolled silk. Please ignore the Wikipedia article for this species. It is flagged for lacking sources and makes at least one unsourced claim that I… Read more »