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


larinia
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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