Arachnids of North Carolina
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Micrathena gracilis - Spined Micrathena, Five paired spider


Taxonomy
Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: AraneomorphaeFamily: Araneidae                                                                                 
Comments: Micrathena: from the Greek adjective for "small" and the name of the goddess Athena, patroness of domestic arts and handicrafts, especially spinning and weaving.
Identification
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide, Google Images, iNaturalist, WikipediaTechnical Description: Spiders of North America - Bradley; Spiders of the Carolinas – Gaddy; Bugguide
Total Length: Small, female total body length 7-11 mm, male total body length 4.2-5.1 mmAdult ID: identifiable by photo
Distribution in North Carolina
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County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Adult phenology:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: forest
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Photo Gallery for Micrathena gracilis - Spined Micrathena, Five paired spider

Recorded by: Donald Zepp
Johnston Co.
Comment: An overlooked photo from my backyard!
Recorded by: John Petranka
Durham Co.
Comment: New Hope Creek Biodiversity Survey (2021-22)
Recorded by: Owen McConnell
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Morgan Freese
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: H. Quay
Orange Co.
Comment: OCMO - Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail @ -79.114058, 36.062839
Recorded by: John Petranka
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Pat Momich
Madison Co.
Comment: Web stretched across a trail through the forest.
Recorded by: K. Bischof, S. Windley, A. Lewis
Beaufort Co.
Comment: GOCR - Obs. in the Ivey Gut Parking Lot.
Recorded by: j.wyche; n.dominick
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - 1 on Cypress Point Trail; 5 on Coleman Trail; 5 on Bennett's Creek Trail
Recorded by: j.wyche; n.dominick
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - 1 on Cypress Point Trail; 5 on Coleman Trail; 5 on Bennett's Creek Trail
Recorded by: J. Mickey
Wilkes Co.
Comment: STMO - Along old, closed section of horse trail. @ -81.032581, 36.374103
Recorded by: n.dominick, j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - family & group canoe-in campground
Recorded by: Jane Wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on trail b/t visitor center & Millpond rd.
Recorded by: Jane Wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on trail b/t visitor center & Millpond rd.
Recorded by: Jane Wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on webs in between poison ivy near Millpond SE of Bridge
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - behind the recycle bin at the picnic area
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - behind the recycle bin at the picnic area
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on Lassiter Hiking Trail b/t the visitor center & the picnic area
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - with web across path below visitor center in the same location as previous lisitings
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on Lassiter Hiking Trail b/t the visitor center & the picnic area
Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on paths in the family canoe sites
Recorded by: J. Wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - on with web across Lassiter Hiking Trail below visitor center; the other with web beside the Millpond Bridge walkway
Recorded by: V. Jones
Iredell Co.
Comment: LANO
Recorded by: C. Bennett, W. Ruark
Iredell Co.
Comment: LANO
Recorded by: G. Allegretti
Rutherford Co.
Comment: CHRO
Recorded by: G. Allegretti
Rutherford Co.
Comment: CHRO
Recorded by: J. Mickey
Wilkes Co.
Comment: STMO - Along new section of Blackjack Ridge Trail near small creek crossing. @ -81.049179, 36.385716
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Polk Co.
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Recorded by: B. McRae
Macon Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Halifax Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
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