Crab Spider on Closed Gentian Wildflower - Gentiana andrewsii by MotherNature

Crab Spider on Closed Gentian Wildflower - Gentiana andrewsii by 

This is a lovely wildflower that intrigues me. It never opens up, always looks like a bud, and I watch the bumblebees crawl into the flower and disappear then crawl back out.

Closed Gentians are native to North America, especially in our Northeastern corridor, and bloom in late summer. Here we see them in late August and early September. This picture was taken August 24, 2012, at Green Lane Reservoir in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA.

These plants are considered “threatened” in the states of New York and Maryland. Although I can find them in Pennsylvania, it does take some looking. If you find some please don’t pick them.

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The crab spider seems to have found a good hiding place to wait for unsuspecting bugs.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Thanks! Isn’t she funny with her big spider butt:>)

    – MotherNature

  • orko
    orkoabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you for the lovely comment, orko!

    – MotherNature

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosabout 2 years ago

    beautiful shot…… :)

  • She is actually in defensive mode in this picture. Her hiding place was found! LOL

    – MotherNature

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 2 years ago

    Another beautiful capture. I prefer the crab spider in white, they look less nasty ;)

  • Trust me, some can vary their color to use it as camouflage. All are darn strong for their size, and all are harmless to people. They could bite if you handled them, however, just not kill you! More often than not a spider will drop down and be gone before you even notice it was there.

    – MotherNature

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeabout 2 years ago

    Sitting pretty, so to speak :)
    great capture!

  • LOL – I should have used that for the title:>) Thanks for the fun comment and for the treasured fave:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 2 years ago

    great shot and the flower is really nice with that blue color ;)

  • I LOVE this banner, Manon! Thank you for this feature – I’m honored to be part of this terrific field of images:>)

    – MotherNature

  • hummingbirds
    hummingbirdsabout 2 years ago

    Very cool capture!

  • She is a beauty, isn’t she:>) Thanks!

    – MotherNature

  • WildestArt
    WildestArt5 months ago

  • WOW – what a nice bit of news! Thanks to everyone who voted for my lady with the big butt:>)

    – MotherNature

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