Arachnids of North Carolina
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Micrathena sagittata - Arrowshaped Micrathena


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; "sagitatta" from Latin for "arrow."
Identification
Online Description/Photos: Males are slimmer and darker than the females; they may have paired dots on the posterior end of the abdomen. BugGuide Google, iNaturalist, Wikipedia, GBIFTechnical Description: Levi, H. W. (1978). The American orb-weaver genera Colphepeira, Micrathena and Gasteracantha north of Mexico (Araneae, Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 148: 417-442.
Comments: Readily identifiable by its "arrowhead" appearance.
Total Length: Females 8-9mm, males 4-5mmAdult 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 edge
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Silk / Web: Orb web usually having a stabilimentum above the hub.
Status in North Carolina
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 Photo Gallery for Micrathena sagittata - Arrowshaped Micrathena

55 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: R. Newman on 2024-07-05
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2024-06-07
Chat Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2023-09-14
Polk Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2023-09-14
Rutherford Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2023-07-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2023-07-14
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann and Kayla Weinfurther on 2023-05-25
Wayne Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann and Kayla Weinfurther on 2023-05-25
Wayne Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2022-09-14
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2022-08-24
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Carol Ann McCormick on 2022-08-21
Alamance Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2021-10-19
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2021-09-29
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2021-09-12
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2021-08-25
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2021-08-24
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-08-13
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2021-08-11
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann and Kayla Weinfurther on 2021-06-21
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-10-05
Granville Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann and Kayla Weinfurther on 2020-10-02
Columbus Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann and Kayla Weinfurther on 2020-10-02
Columbus Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2020-08-19
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: J. Thomson, B. Bockhahn on 2020-08-09
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: B. McRae on 2020-07-27
Macon Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2020-06-17
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann on 2020-05-15
Craven Co.
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Recorded by: B. McRae on 2019-09-20
Macon Co.
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Recorded by: Aaron Edmonds on 2019-09-06
Harnett Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2019-04-22
New Hanover Co.
Comment: Male