Take a look at this flower. Do you notice anything unusual about it? Hint: it’s not the fly.
I have some very pretty daffodils still in bloom down by the pond. As the children jumped on the trampoline, I wandered over to the garden and lifted one particularly lovely flower “face” by it’s chin to look a little closer.
Right away, I noticed there was a fly on it. I am not impressed by flies.
The fly’s wings weren’t moving and as I tipped the flower, the fly moved back and forth. How odd, I thought. Won’t this wretched thing just go away?
Then, I saw and understood. A perfectly camouflaged, white and smooth, tiny spider had the fly tightly around the neck. As I moved the flower, the spider quickly moved it’s catch away from me. Who knows how long she had to wait to gain her prize? Or how often a juicy meal like this comes along? She wasn’t letting go of Mr. Fly (her next meal) for anything.
I ran to get the boys so they could see. And then I ran to get the camera, yelling behind me, “Don’t touch it!” as away I flew.
Does this give anyone else a creepy feeling? But still, very fascinating. I have found that there are always little surprises like this one, just waiting to be discovered, outside in God’s big wonderful world.
Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye
level with her smallest leaf,
and take an insect view of its plain.
~Henry David Thoreau