“Short” week for many, but we could all use a hug by now, right? Okay, maybe not this kind of a hug.
On another note, I was staring into the yellow sun of the flower thinking what it must be like for, say a bee, coming in hot for a landing, looking for some good eats then—WHAM! Jerk. And that’s it. But my eyes kept catching on those red stripes: how does that help a mini-predator like a spider ambush its prey? My short semi-educated guess of an answer is that it probably doesn’t; but it doesn’t hurt the ambush either. Without really looking anything up, I’m assuming (at all of our peril) that bees and other insects have vision that doesn’t pick up the red marks. They are present more for other creatures — like say people! (or more likely birds) — that might try to have lunch on the spider’s dime (so to speak). Red markings often signal danger or distastefulness. Of course, sometimes they lie.
(And just to be explicit, this isn’t a dangerous spider at all. Fear not. We’re all good.)