Saturday, August 2, 2008
Busy globe (thistle).
The Yellow-faced Bumblebees have discovered the globe thistles and are busily extracting nectar.
Here a Yellow-fronted Bumblebee has joined in, but what are those long filaments sticking out at about 8 o'clock on the flower head? Click to see; they are segmented (a hint), and embedded in the flower above them you can perhaps make out the pale underside of ... a captured harvestman. Deeper into the flower, wedged between the florets, are the spread legs and body of its captor, a small, pinkish-brown crab spider. I had to tease the florets apart with a straw to make sure, but I didn't want to disturb the spider too much, so couldn't take her picture.