Spined Micrathena

By taggart  
Spined Micrathena
Micrathene gracilis

A bizarre critter, this spider was making her way to one of the Star Cucumber tendrils some of you may remember. I like how delicately she used her legs to move along. Note: she has some of her eyes watching my lens! ( a huge eye)
V2 is a more sinister view of this spider-- reminded me of HULK-- she measures about 1/2 inch)

Micrathena likes to capture her prey in a well made circular web hung across paths. Once captured she will kill her prey with a bite and wrap it ail in silk made in that pointy abdomen!

Thank you to Eileen, Johnlw and Leontari for UAs on my previous image, very much appreciated!

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senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
3 Sep 2013 10:43PM
what a terrific a beast; .. excellent macros here

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User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 10:44PM
Never seen one like this, stunning detail, two excellent captures.
What an amazing spider! Fascinating!
3 Sep 2013 10:54PM
Fantastic shots. Amazing spider. Cathy
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
3 Sep 2013 10:56PM
This is a most bizarre looking spider. I've never seen anything like it.
3 Sep 2013 10:59PM
Excellent detail captured in these 2 super macro's Jenn,
3 Sep 2013 11:00PM
Stunning detail and capture!
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 11:13PM
Really bizarre but great image, Jenn.
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 11:24PM
As you say bizarre but he makes a cracking image well done regards John.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 11:30PM
Great capture Smile

3 Sep 2013 11:49PM
Wow! what an amazing creature and capture! Fantastic!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Sep 2013 11:51PM
Straight from the film Alien this critter Jenn !!
Great shots.
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
3 Sep 2013 11:58PM
Nice Images!! I like them a lot!!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
4 Sep 2013 12:15AM
Stunning clarity, I have never seen one of these before Jenn.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 12:16AM
The weirdest looking creature - very scary but what great images.
Potra 4 Venezuela
4 Sep 2013 12:46AM
Bbbrrrr, it gives me goosebumps...Extraordinary shots, Jenn.
You must be very brave. Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Sep 2013 3:59AM
Scary stuff, a new one on me, too, excellent detail and clarity, Jenn.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Sep 2013 4:35AM
Excellent photos of this weird but lovely spider Jenn !!
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:30AM
Amazing creature, very well captured with excellent detail.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:08AM
You live in a place that produces that???????
What an incredible looking critter
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:29AM
An amazing portrait of this fascinating creature.
4 Sep 2013 7:30AM
This image is just amazing, Jenn!
Looks like something from a different world but, then again, I suppose it is!
An excellent photograph.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
4 Sep 2013 7:35AM
What a strange critter and expertly photographed.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Sep 2013 9:22AM
Just about one of the ugliest creatures that I think I have ever seen Jennn, but these are superb shots of it.GrinGrinGrinGrin
4 Sep 2013 10:42AM
Excellent, Jennifer. Well captured.

4 Sep 2013 12:37PM
Goodness what a beastie - bravely captured!!!
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 12:45PM
4 Sep 2013 3:05PM
Very disturbing! But so well observed and photographed.
ColleenA Plus
5 357 6 Australia
4 Sep 2013 4:58PM
Wow....how scary is that, it gives me the shivers...well captured, you are way braver than meGrinGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
4 Sep 2013 5:32PM
certainly the weirdest spider I have ever seen!!
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 5:59PM
This is a peach of an Arachnoid image

Well done on the award front

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:53PM
What a fascinating looking creature Jenn, I'm not sure I'd pick this one up however, and spiders really don't bother me. Two great and informative shots.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Sep 2013 6:56PM
A bizarre and fascinating spider and these are simply STUNNING shots of her, Jennnn.

Major KUDOS on these.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:07PM
OOOErrrr! Grand shot great clarity and vibrance
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
4 Sep 2013 8:40PM
A new one to me - prefer V2 Jennn.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 10:17PM
At first, I thought it was a spider with some kind of prey, and was really surprised at its shape, most peculiar.
Ayoob 6 Australia
5 Sep 2013 3:04AM
Two excellent images with great macro and detail....Grin
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:06PM
What a weird creature but great to see and expertly captured Jenn
6 Sep 2013 5:24AM
The first time I see such a spider ... amazing creationSmile
Regards Valery
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 Sep 2013 10:08PM
What an unusual looking spider Jenn, it looks like something from another planet
11 Sep 2013 11:09PM
Amazing looking spider.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 9:55AM
God's fantasy is amazing me every day anew.
What a critter!

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