Micrathena sagittata (Arrowshaped Micrathena)

Although pretty gnarly looking, this beautiful spider is relatively harmless to vertebrates and is common in Missouri woodlands. I admit, this is one of the reasons I sometimes dread heading out for a late summer hike, especially on a lightly-traveled trail or if I will be bushwhacking. I still haven’t gotten rid of all my arachnophobia and the sight of several of these climbing up my shirt after running through a few of their orb webs can cause a significant adrenaline boost in me.

A female Micrathena sagittata (Arrowshaped Micrathena), Araneidae. Taken in St. Francois County, MO on 11/SEP/2021.

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