Lurking Loudly

Sometimes one wonders about cryptic coloration, or the lack of it…

Last week I posted an image of one of our common garden spiders, Misumana vatia. She was neatly ensconced in a pink rose, so well camouflaged that you would think it was the natural place for her. But this spider is just as likely to be seen on other flowers, and equally conspicuously. One common name for M. vatia is the Goldenrod Crab Spider, and they are quite easy to spot when they are sitting on the yellow blooms of that plant. And as you can see below, they are quite willing to put themselves in a position where they are even more outstanding…

"Crab spider Misumena vatia in dark bloom"

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