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A beautiful little crab spider hanging out within a tree dahlia blossom, waiting for prey to wander into range. Crab spiders rely on camouflage, as you can see here with the yellow on yellow, to remain unnoticed by prey until it’s too late. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 100, open shade/morning sun, handheld)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (June 2012)

Top 10 (4th place) in “Spiders on Flowers” challenge in Bugs and Animals on Flowers in Macro group (July 2012)

Featured in Bicolor Beauties (2 July 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thanks very much, Martina!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellabout 2 years ago

    fabulous macro! Really beautiful color and such detail!!

  • Thank you, Scott! The crab spider was a very happy find!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 2 years ago

    Fabulous!!!.. wow, Celeste.. an abundance of color and light…those lines created by the petals just invite the eye in….outstanding work!

  • Katherine, thank you so much for a great comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakabout 2 years ago

    What a wonderful capture of a very cool spider! The color and lighting are amazing, and I agree with KatMagic about the leading lines of the petals drawing the eye. Wonderful work!

  • I’m glad you like the spider, Anita, and she really is a pretty one (this is definitely a female).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoabout 2 years ago

    Another beautiful shot! Love the colour and composition!

  • Thanks very much, Felix! I’m glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work and great focus.
    He must be very small.

  • Thank you, Joy (and for the fave). This is actually a female crab spider, and it is indeed very small. The male is even smaller, but they are not as often seen as the females, who are the hunters.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful photography! Just a delight to view! :)

  • Thank you very much, Kristi, for the great comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • rav1221
    rav1221about 2 years ago

    Worthey of being put in a gallery, a wonderful piece.

  • What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you, Ravinder (and for the fave as well)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    I’m arachnophobic, (sp?) but I can just bear to look at this spider because it does look like a crab!
    And the rest of the picture is so very lovely.

  • Thanks very much, Bette! I’m glad I didn’t trigger your arachnophobia too badly with this one. :) The truth is that I don’t often shoot insects and arachnids, but when I do I usually prefer the pretty ones.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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