Photo Friday: Diversity

Crab Spider 3

We set to work early to fortify the chicken run.  We’d wanted to beat the heat and humidity that had plagued our days that summer.   Normally we would have put it off till better weather, but something had been killing my chickens in the night so it couldn’t wait.

This crab spider was easy to spot on the green fence post.  Taking a moment I studied her closely, noticing the opacity of her legs and how she held them out wide in front of her.  Do you see the red stripe going along the sides of her abdomen?  I find her strangely beautiful.

Now whatever your view, creationist or evolutionary, you have to wonder how a white spider fits into life’s scheme. Where does its coloration come to be an advantage, when it is not clinging to a green fence post for me to find at 5:30 in the morning?   (The answer can be found HERE)

Have a wonderful weekend!

OH, and don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour tomorrow night!

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3 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Diversity

  1. Lindy says:

    Lynda, thanks for the great Flower Spider picture and link. I never ever tire of learning more about nature. I know many people who shudder at the very thought of spiders, snakes, and all things creepy crawly but I find them all fascinating and beautiful. I need to learn to always keep my camera with me so that I can capture these kinds of special moments.

    BTW – did you ever find out what was killing your chickens?

    • pixilated2 says:

      As the creep factor goes, well I can think of only a few things in nature that give me the willies, ROACHES!!! (exception made for Madagascars raised in captivity) Brown Recluse, and snakes (but, to be fair, only if I don’t see them first… don’t like surprises). As for being fascinated, well, I think it comes with the territory of teaching. You just gotta love it to teach about it!

      OH, and YES-YES-YES! to the camera, because it’s fun to catch, fun to keep, and fun to post and share!

      Almost forgot, the culprits were raccoons!

  2. missusk76 says:

    She is a beauty – can’t image how she found herself there, but I’m sure she wasn’t happy about it. Thanks for the link, apparently her kind can be found at least in the southern part of my province.

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