Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Corralitas Drive: Master of Camouflage

Photo: Shawnda Thomas Faveau, October 2, 2009. Can you see the spider on the Sunflower? (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Shawnda found a spider hiding in the sunflowers in her front yard the other day. It's the exact shade of yellow as the sunflower petals. It even has markings on its back mimicking the folds in the petals. The flower is about 8" across.

Looking at Bug Guide, it appears to be a White Banded Crab Spider, an ambush predator.

Thank you Shawnda for sharing such a beautiful photo! You may remember, Shawnda also shared her great photos of a White-Lined Sphinx Moth and the Gulf Fritillary series.