Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2017

An unusual pair

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:25 pm

I was going to post some photos of the Baldy Mountain trail from last week, followed by some more of the 345 trail and then a bunch of wildflower species that just began to bloom. But then I ran into this unusual pair today and couldn’t resist posting a few photos of them. (My apologies to anyone who has an aversion to arachnids.)

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

I don’t understand exactly what the relationship is, but I see that the spider even has some of the orchid’s maroon color marking on its back. The crab spider wouldn’t leave the blossom even though I spent a half hour lying prone trying to steady the camera enough for a focused photo using both forearms, one hand and my hiking staff as a makeshift tripod with the lens only a couple of inches away from him. They must have some kind of mutually beneficial pact.

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