Banded Argiope  (three photos)
Argiope trifasciata

Male and Female

male and female Argiope trifasciata
I think this pair was getting ready to mate. This is the closest I have ever come to photographing the ritual.
Carol Davis 8-1-2010, Box Elder County, Utah

I love these spiders and am amazed that they can exist in this fast-paced world.  God bless their grasshopper-catching souls! 
Everyone should get away from the hub-bub once in awhile to see what really makes this world turn.
Carol Davis 8-1-2010

male and female
I think this pair (different than the above pair) was sealing the deal on getting together to make more Argiopes. I can see how
 approaching a one-inch long (not including the legs)  hungry female might be a little tricky. This female looks
 well fed, though. 
Carol Davis 8-1-2010

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