Place: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
Date: September 9, 2015
Time: 12:43 PM – 1:05 PM
Once again I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. My subject was the sunflower but it appears a crab spider was hiding in plain sight when I took this picture and I don’t have a close up of him because I didn’t see him.
Here are both again with a little bit better lighting. Seeing the web maded me wonder if this is really a crab spider as they don’t make webs. The fact the he appears to be hiding in wait for a meal and his coloring is perfectly camouflaged with the flower (they can change their color to match their background similar to chameleons) makes me think he is a crab spider and the web belongs to another critter. But then again, I don’t really know.
Some more carpenter bees, this time on red flowers instead of blue as in last week’s post.
These flowers attracted more than just bees. Here’s the rear end of a spotted cucumber beetle.
I think this is my favorite image from this trip. Not sure what it is but I’m guessing some sort of grass.
For a short but interesting article on crab spiders’ ability to change their color see: This Camouflaged Spider can Change its Color.
Thank you for stopping by.
All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.
I guess you noticed I’m back to my original WordPress theme. I had tried the other because the home page was supposed to similar to this theme with thumbnails from all the posts but with the added advantage of of showing the date posted with the thumbnail. More than one person has been understandably confused by the dates in my titles which are the dates the photos were taken.
Unfortunately the thumbnails for the new theme didn’t show up as they did in the example and I didn’t think the new theme photo size and background complimented the photos as well as this theme. That’s why I went back and forth. I may do it again in the future. The grass is always greener on the other side … until you get there and see it up close.