Saturday, August 2, 2008

Busy globe (thistle).

Yellow-faced Bumblebee on globe thistle.

The Yellow-faced Bumblebees have discovered the globe thistles and are busily extracting nectar.


How many arthropods can you find? Click to see the drama.

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.

4 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

You'd think it would be too prickly. :)

Barbee' said...

Amazing drama in such a small area!

kompoStella said...

another planet having gargantuan visitors?
beautiful blue, beautiful pix!

Garden Lily said...

Great photo! Yes, so much drama on just one small globe! What an awesome place for a spider to hide. I have been fascinated by the bees on my globe thistle this year. One day they could be buzzing with bumblebees, and the next, with honeybees (yes, seems like there still are some around). "Hi" from Burnaby, looks like we're neighbours.