Parlour Games: A Trek Across the Rose, Part 2.


A capture, then a loss. Poor spider. From rq, click for full size!

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  1. says

    Is this one of those spiders that slowly change color to match the flower they are residing on? It looks disturbingly menacing in the 8 picture. Brrrr.

  2. says

    We have these little spiders here, too, they don’t change colour. They do like hanging out in flowers, though, that’s where I always see them. They like tulips and peonies.

  3. brucegee1962 says

    I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
    On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
    Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth--
    Assorted characters of death and blight
    Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
    Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth--
    A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
    And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

    What had that flower to do with being white,
    The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
    What brought the kindred spider to that height,
    Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
    What but design of darkness to appall?--
    If design govern in a thing so small.

    Frost

  4. says

    Caine, I think it is a crab spider, but I am not an expert on spiders at all. According to wiki some species of this family can change color, over a couple of days. Unfortunately my private library is lacking scientific publications with regard to spiders, so I am unable to look it up off the internet. The only book I have that mentions this ability is one of Gerald Durrel’s books (I do not remembmer which one specifically, possibly “My Family and Other Animals.), where he transplanted as achild in Korfu a spider from white to pink rose (or vice versa) and observed that after a few days the spider changed to match the color of the new flower.

    I have only pink and red peonies in my garden and I do not remember ever seeing these spiders here. But if I see one by any chance, I wil do the experiment and transform it from one to the other.

  5. rq says

    Crab spider!
    From what I know, they don’t necessarily change colour depending on the surface they’re on but they can be yellow or white depending on their diet. Yellow spiders are usually on yellow flowers, while white spiders are usually on other coloured flowers (roses, peonies -- mostly the white and pink, but others, too). I’ve never noticed a pink one but that might be an interesting experiment to try -- if it agrees to the forced relocation. ;)
    I once caught a greenish-yellow one in pictures, too, but I’m not sure if it was a crab spider or just a similar one.

  6. says

    All the ones I’ve seen have been white, with the pale green lines and tint. They tend to blend well into flowers of all colours.

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