Life and Death on a Wildflower
The Brown-eyed Susans are in bloom, and they are busy places in the insect world. This time of year there is so much wildlife moving around, I can barely keep up with editing my photos, so I did not get identifications on all the insects here.
Crab spiders are sit-and-wait predators that commonly perch in, on, or near flowers and prey on visiting insects. They do not use webs to capture prey, but courting males of at least some species wrap their prospective mates loosely in silk.
-Insects of the Texas Lost Pines
So here what I always wonder when I see crab spiders: They match the color of the flower they are on. But how do they get over to that flower? Apparently they aren’t floating over on silk. Where are they before the flowers are blooming? Are they scrambling around in the greenery, very noticeable in their bright yellow? Do they stake out a flower while it is a young, short plant, climb up, and just wait for the bloom?
The Brown-eyed Susans don’t bloom heavily every year, but they are everywhere this year. I love to take a close look at all the life dramas being played out in these tiny worlds.
Amazing photos. Love that there is so much going on if you just take the time to look. It’s a full blown Shakespeare drama out there!
Oh my gosh, that would be a fun post to write.
Lady Butterfly: “Verily, I prithee, Sir Beetle, seekest thou pollen or carrion for thy midsummer feast?”
Sir Beetle (aside): How hath the arrow of recognition pierced my armor of illusion, disguised tho I be in my wasp-mimic costume?”
Beautiful photographs! Seeing the insects so up close and personal is amazing.
Thank you. The more I look, the more incredible things I notice! It’s amazing how fuzzy and furry some of these insects are!
I love these flowers, and have grown them in previous gardens of mine – and never noticed that there was so much going on with them before! think I might get some, just to check out creature activity 🙂
Enjoyed the wildlife 🙂