Incy Wincy …

As Crab Spiders are masters of  camouflage, and also have the ability to alter their skin pigment to blend in with their current surroundings this Young Lady, who has been on or around these lilies for the past three days, seems more than happy to flaunt, if not exactly strut, her stuff.

And here she is in ”invite” mode, ready for any luckless bee or fly that happens along. Although, dressed in this striking White Number from noted natural designers,   Arachnids are Us (you can find them on the Web) it seems highly unlikely either of the above will be that daft to alight on this particular flower for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the garden …



Maybe someone in their respective families should have a quiet word about their dress sense. Or suggest they swap flowers?

Otherwise they might go hungry.




12 thoughts on “Incy Wincy …

    1. I have developed a sort of affinity with them, you are right, and regularly wander round the garden looking for them, where once I did not even realise they existed.
      They will quietly fade into the background in a month or so as the weather gets cold.

      Thanks for the compliment, Bill.
      I am fortunate that my favorite subjects prefer to sit very still!


    1. Once they are large enough to catch prey, yes they are visible to the naked eye. But they also hide in plain sight, so you have to know where to look and be careful where you”stomp”
      They don’t make webs, but do produce silk and will attach an anchor line if they have to ”bungee”
      The ones in my garden hang out on yellow daisies, gazanias, cosmos, alysum, sometime on the roses and on marigolds.
      This is the first time I have noticed one on a lily.
      They are mostly white or yellow.( but can change as you can see! And many will sport a few red or tan or greenish markings on the legs and back.
      Males are a uniform light brown and are really tiny, a lot smaller than the females, but still visible if you get up close.
      You may occasionally see one riding piggy back on a female.
      If ever you notice a lot of tiny flies buzzing around a flower … look underneath a petal. A crab spider may have caught a honey bee!

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        1. Good hunting!
          I can say from experience that once you notice one you will eventually see others and before long, spotting them will become second nature.
          And when you do, please post some photos and we can keep track of the species?
          Maybe you will discover different ones?
          That would be so cool!


            1. All I started with was the intent just to keep a record of the fauna in the garden.
              When you find one, take a snap. Doesn’t have to be Lord Litchfield or anything.
              They usually sit still long enough for you to fetch your camera AND finish your tea!


    1. Hah! Are you suggesting I am in the Arachnids Temporary Removal Business just for the sake of a blog piece and a few cheap shots for five seconds of fame?
      Dammit man … how shallow do you think I am?
      Actually … about two centimetres, give or take. And thanks for the suggestion. Damn good idea!

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