Spiked Thing!
Location:  Amazon Jungle, Ecuador
July 21, 2010 4:39 pm
please help me!
found this insect in the amazon jungle in ecuador and i’m really curious what it is!

Spiny Orbweaver

Hi Flo,
We believe this is a spider and not an insect, but the angle of view of your photograph is not ideal to be able to distinguish body parts.  This looks like a Spiny Orbweaver Spider, perhaps in the genus Micrathena.  BugGuide has some images of North American species.  We then found a match on Flickr identified as Micrathena cf raimondi.

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