Aculepeira Orb Weaver  (five photos)
Aculepeira packardi
Female


orb weaver
I spent a lot of time on this day in August looking for orb weavers, with no luck.  I was driving
down the road at Promontory Point when I spotted a dot in the bushes and knew I'd finally
found a spider. It turned out to be the Aculepeira. They are difficult to find. I wondered how
long this female would last. Below are some photos from 2010.  Carol Davis 8-13-2017

"A Beacon in the Desert"

desert spider
It was hard to miss this beautifully-colored orb weaver in the middle of the dry, foxtail
covered desert at Promontory Point, Utah.   She glowed like a beacon and I had never
seen one like her with this orange coloring.  Carol Davis 7-11-2010

beautiful orange spider
The spider was not spooked in the least when I started taking photos. 

side view of aculepeira
This is just a side view of the spider.  I went over to another bush after this to take a picture of a
blister beetle I had seen land and when I turned back to the spider, this is what I saw:

beetle with aculepeira
  She had captured a Cuckoo Wasp and the coloring of that wasp only added to the beauty
of the spider. Cuckoo Wasps were en masse in the area, moving through all the bushes quickly
like they were scanning for food.  All photos Carol Davis, 7-11-2010

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