Orb Weaver   (three photos)
Genus Larinia


larinia orb weaver
I always say that it may take forever to find a new species but when I do, I
will see it again right after that. That's what happened with the Larinia spider
 I found on 4-16-2012.  I went to Antelope Island again a few weeks later
 and found numerous species of Larinia. In fact, I found very few other species
 of orb weavers.  The design on this one kind of resembles the design you
 find on mens' pajamas, don't you think? Carol Davis, 5-8-2012


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This was another darker colored Larinia that I found in a different spot
 on the island. She was just finishing off a meal. 
Because of the rotund
 appearance, I suspect she may have been "with child." Carol Davis, 5-8-2012


larinia
This Larinia I spotted in April on the Island was sitting on the ceiling
and I could only stand on my tiptoes to try to take a photo. Needless to say,
 I didn't get a great picture but it's good enough to tell this was a new species for me.
The gold diamond stripe down the middle of the abdomen made this orb weaver
 stand out as  being very different from the Larinoides  species I initially believed
 it to be, judging from the color and posture. A Larinoide's head would not have
 the shape or have the sharply-contrasting black mid line. Bugguide identified
the species for me. Carol Davis, 4-16-2012


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