I wrote to Dr. Paula Cushing (Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science) about the orb weaving spider a few posts back. She wrote, "The spider is the araneid (orb-weaving spider in the family Araneidae), Aculepeira packardi." So Kousik, you can see if you have any nearby spider relations!
Even cooler, she said she might be interested in some of my pictures for an online Colorado field guide!
More pictures to come from our trips the last few days. This afternoon though, I have errands so they will have to wait until later. :(