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Touchdown! At Last!

Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For months, I've been waiting ah, so patiently (well, not always s-o-o-o patiently) for the gulf fritillary butterfly to touch down on our Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. A perfect match, I figured. The showy reddish-orange butterfly (Agraulis...

Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf fritillary butterfly spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf fritillary butterfly spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf fritillary butterfly spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A perfect match: gulf fritillary on Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A perfect match: gulf fritillary on Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A perfect match: gulf fritillary on Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Lying in Wait

Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're ambush predators. Here you are, a bee, touching down on a flower and little do you know there's a patient and persistent crab spider lying in wait.  Sometimes they're camouflaged, matching the color of a blossom, like a yellow crab spider...

Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on a gold coin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crab spider on a gold coin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on a gold coin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crab spider on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM
Tags: crab spider (12), Mexican sunflower (42), Tithonia (51)

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