|look closely to see the critters|
|they resemble crabs with their oversized pairs of legs|
|the coloring matches the Rudbeckia cone|
They are generally passive ambush hunters, waiting patiently for an unsuspecting bee or fly to land near their hiding spot. They are quick and like crabs can move backwards, forwards and sideways with ease.
|Crab spider hiding among Asclepias incarnata leaves|
So, my darling bees and my precious butterflies you must be careful out there!
|Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopsis cecrops)|
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.