Bill Caldwell - ABeautifulSky Photography
Digital Art - Digitally Manipulated Photo
A yellow crab spider (or flower spider) lies in wait for its next meal. Apparently (as described below) these little spiders are very patient. At first, I didn't notice it because it blended in with the petals so well--I've adjusted the color and contrast here so it stands out better. Then I started looking around and I realized I was surrounded by these guys. Every other flower had one of these spiders, all in the same position, motionless, waiting. This colorful macro photograph was taken in my wife's flower garden in Autumn. Digitally manipulated for artistic effect. Copyright 2013, Bill Caldwell / ABeautifulSky Photography.
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Wikipedia: Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it is the largest and best-known flower spider, it is called the goldenrod crab spider or flower (crab) spider, because it is commonly found hunting in goldenrod sprays in the autumn. These spiders may be yellow or white, depending on the flower in which they are hunting. Especially younger females, which may hunt on a variety of flowers such as daisies and sunflowers, may change color "at will". They do not make a web; instead they catch their prey using their front legs. The crab spider can stay in the same place a flower or a leaf, for instance for days, or even weeks, waiting for its dinner to arrive.
September 28th, 2013
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