It’s peak season for summer tourists in the garden. Though the regulars are back, what’s lurking between the leaves and petals may surprise you. The ghost crab spider found on this fading peony is a splendidly camouflaged ambush hunter. Visual feedback from its many eyes cause its color to change according to its surroundings.
Meanwhile, back on the hosta plant, this fly doesn’t seem to be buying the spider’s line… at least not this time. Perhaps it’s already had its fill of summer romance.
A hoverfly is more forward in its approach to the last of the purple spiderworts to bloom. Although this adult hoverfly is looking for a taste of nectar, in its larval stage it likely ate its share of aphids.
Fresh hydrangea blooms look inviting to a fruit fly in search of sustenance.
Or could this visitor just be looking for a nice quiet place to rest its wings for a moment?
This fly is focused on the nectar of a yellow St John’s wort.
A recently opened lily already has a visitor walking along a petal towards its inner sanctum.
Surely flowers must find the never ending flow of visitors tiring. But even though they might be tempted to utter ‘Come again when you can’t stay quite so long,’ flowers benefit from insect activity for much of their pollination. And that’s reason enough to tolerate visitors, even those who prey on other guests.
For more on the crab spider in Canada, see The Nature of the Hill’s Goldenrod Crab Spider post. Cindy in the Swan Hills of Alberta has also included a cool video from Green Nature.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2013