What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Black horned spider
October 6, 2009
This beauty is spinning away in my side yard. She has a preportionally huge black abdomen with horns and light colored markings on it. The underside is cone-shaped and ridged.
Jennnifer In Nyack
Nyack, NY

Spined Micrathena

Spined Micrathena

Dear Jennifer,
Your spider is a Spined Micrathena, Micrathena gracilis, a harmless Spiny Orbweaver.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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2 Responses to Spined Micrathena

  1. Karen says:

    Hi. Great site. I’d like to suggest that you put your statement regarding not endorsing extermination in larger letters, because it gets almost obscured by the huge exterminator ad that appeared underneath it. People may miss it and get the wrong idea.

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. Anyone who reads any of our content knows that we do not endorse extermination, but we do need the assistance of advertisers to defer the cost of bandwidth and related expenditures. Naturally, an insect website is a logical place to advertise for exterminators, and many people visit our site to have problematic insects like cockroaches, bed bugs and termites identified. Throughout all of that, our mission remains to educate people about the wonders of the natural world and to promote an understanding of the interconnectivity of the web of life in the world we share with the lower beasts.

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