Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Cryptic

It’s winter, and I now live in a place where it actually gets rather cold at night.  That unfortunately means that I don’t have my usual access to mid-winter insects and I can no longer make you all jealous that we still have bugs out and about.  But, I do have a nice stockpile of shots I took at BugShot 2012 that I haven’t shared yet!  While I anxiously await spring and the return of pretty flowers and insects to photograph, I bring you bugs and other arthropods from Florida!

Every time I look through my BugShot photos, I see new creatures I didn’t realize I’d photographed.  For example, I took this photo thinking I was photographing a group of flowers.  Somehow, I completely missed the giant yellow crab spider:

Crab spider on flowers

Crab spider on flowers

It was dark out, but wow!  For such a big spider, it sure did blend in well!


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9 responses to “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Cryptic

  1. I had to blow it up and really examine the picture before I realized there were spider legs. Without that, I still wouldn’t have found that spider!

    • Right? I was standing a few inches away from that spider and I didn’t even see it. As I said, this was supposed to be a flower shot and I only noticed the spider after looking at this photo a dozen or more times!

      • It was only because you said it was there that I kept looking until I realized that the stamens had joints and hinges and ick! were actually spider legs.

  2. I was staring right at it and had to figure out where it was in the photo!

    If you haven’t joined Wordless Wednesday Bloggers yet, please share your WW at http://www.wordlesswednesdaybloggers.com each and every week!

    • Crazy huh?

      I don’t leave links to my WW posts because I don’t make a truly wordless post. You’ll notice I call mine Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday posts – I always include about 100-150 words of text! I don’t want to have people show up at my blog expecting to find a true WW post, so I don’t leave links.

  3. I don’t know why you call that spider a crab. Just because he didn’t stand out and wave to you is no reason to call him rude! : – )

    • Ha ha! But I have no idea what this spider’s personality was like. He might have been a crab! I didn’t notice him there when I took the photo so I didn’t have an opportunity to ask.

  4. You’ve just got to look for them dragonflywoman. Even here is frozen Alberta we have no problem finding dozens of active arthropods species in mid-winter. The Second Annual Winter Challenge is on – beat the Birders (who log about 140 species of birds in December and January) – and we are already up to about 60 species – and haven’t had to go to the Subnivean fauna yet.

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