Female Orb Weaver
Genus Aculepeira

Aculepeira orb weaver
This good-sized female orb weaver was hanging upside-down in a web about a foot off the
ground in some wild flowers in
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah. I was unable
to get a shot of the top of the spider so I
submitted the photo to Bugguide so see if someone could
identify it by just the interesting belly markings
and, sure enough, someone did. You can see
 some other photos I took of Aculepeira species here and here. © Carol D
avis 7-19-2016

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