Arachnids of North Carolina
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Mangora spiculata - an orbweaver


Taxonomy
Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: AraneomorphaeFamily: Araneidae                                                                                 
Species Comment: From latin spiculo, meaning "stab"
Identification
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide, Google Images, iNaturalist, Wikipedia
Comments: Abdomen pale white with more than three rows of black spots that widen into blotches, and usually has faint yellow crosswise bands. Cephalothorax is greenish with a dark brown central stripe. Legs are greenish and covered in stout hairs. Abdomen has less black than M. placida, especially towards the front. The spiders in the genus Mangora have tufts of long, thin sensory hair (trichobothria) on the front edge of the tibiae of leg III.
Total Length: Very small, female total body length 2.4-4.3 mm, male total body length 1.9-2.2 mm.Adult ID: identifiable by photo
Distribution in North Carolina
Comments: Frequently found throughout the state and eastern United States, more common in the southeast and coastal areas. Adults spring through summer.
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: Understory vegetation of pine oak woodlands, open fields.
Observation Methods: Visual observation, sweep netting.
Abundance/Frequency: Frequent.
Silk / Web: Small orb web in low vegetation and grasses, finely meshed.
Status in North Carolina
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Photo Gallery for Mangora spiculata - an orbweaver

Recorded by: John Petranka
Orange Co.
Comment: New Hope Creek Biodiversity Survey (2021-22)
Recorded by: H. Quay
Orange Co.
Comment: ENRI - Buckquarter Creek Trail @ -79.004874, 36.083841
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Wilkes Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - Lassiter Trail
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Bo Sullivan
Craven Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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