27 June 2008

Ready to pounce

This goldenrod crab spider is waiting for some prey to turn up. It doesn't spin a web, just lunges out and grabs its victims.

Goldenrod Crab Spider
It was defying its name and sitting on this plant, rather than a goldenrod:

Common Mullein
I'm sure that this striking furry-leaved plant should be easy to identify, but I haven't managed to yet.

[Postscript: It's Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) - thanks to Daphne for identifying it!]

There's a lot of Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) out:

Bird's-foot trefoil
It goes particularly well with the American vetch that is also flowering at the moment. It's a fore-taste of the colour combination of the goldenrods and asters that will appear in late summer.

American vetch and bird's foot trefoil


Daphne Gould said...

It kinda looks like mullein. If it sends up a huge flower stalk then you know it is.

Amanda said...

Daphne, thank you so much - I looked up mullein and I'm sure you're right. The pictures of Common Mullein on Wikipedia look just like it. Not knowing what it was has been annoying me for ages!