Subject: Winged spider n Nicaragua?
November 17, 2015 1:15 pm
Hi Bugman! My daughter just sent this photo from Nicaragua. Could either have been in the Nueva Segovia Department up north or on the west coast. It was taken last week so about November 13, 2015. Is this a wild looking winged spider or is it a spider that has caught a butterfly or moth? Does it bite and of so, is it poisonous?
This is not a winged spider, but it is an Orbweaver. We believe it may be a color variation of the highly variable Crablike Spiny Orbweaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis, and this image of an individual from Nicaragua on FlickR looks similar to your individual. We would not rule out that it might be a member of the genus Micrathena.