This my first attempt at a photo story so take it easy on me please.
I spotted this Crab spider on a Dianthus one day
It hadn't taken on the coloring of the flower yet so I figure is was still pretty young. It was however a larger one then I'm use to seeing.
The nice thing about Crab spiders is that they are very tolerant of getting close to them. Since the wind was calm (a rarity for me) I was able to take a number of shots with different set ups and even shoot with out flash for comparison.
It was going from flower to flower, each time I went out I found it had moved.
Eventually, it grew too big for the Dianthus
the next time I saw it was under a marigold bloom across the yard. It took me a moment to realize it was molting.
After that, it took up residence in one Marigold bloom.
You can see how it was turning color as it dried after the molt
I saw this much smaller Crabby in her flower on day, It didn't stay long enough to get a shot but I did find it in another pot.
Altho I don't think it was a very good hunter.
there goes dinner
I only saw the big Crabby one more day after her visitor but she let me get in real close.
I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at this.