I have mentioned my Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) before, and how it attracts flies and bees, and other insects as it is sited in a sunny position in my garden and the insects like to just bask under the sun, warming themselves. But just look at this spider, and see how it has tried to blend itself in with the leaf. This spider, the Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), doesn’t need webs to capture its prey, but cunning and the ability to change colour, and a big pair of crab-like pincer legs.
What gets me is how it knows this is a chillzone for insects? Is it instinct? Genetic memory? Chance? Or maybe a mixture of factors? Maybe it is just basking in the sun itself. I don’t think so, because it had made itself small and blob like, until it sensed me doing his photo shoot session. Whatever it is, it is one crafty little devil.
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Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), rear garden, Staffordshire, April 2017.