HALF AN HOUR WITH TEUCRIUM CAPITATUM

in Petals2 months ago (edited)

Teucrium capitatum, the main protagonist of this post ...

... is a plant that grows in arid and sunny areas, often near the sea.

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All parts of the plant are densely covered with tiny white hairs, creating ideal hunting and hiding ground for the crab spider in this photograph. Heriaeus hirtus is the name of the species. The family is Thomisidae.

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As you can see, this hairy spider is very hard to notice on hairy plants. In these two photographs, you can see a very small, juvenile Heriaeus hirtus.

Here you can take a look at the minuscule flower.

This is one of the smallest petals I published in this community so far. From a certain angle, the cluster of buds and flowers can create a beautiful landscape when seen through the macro lens.

In this photograph, taken with the flash, you can see some details and textures of the petal that aren't visible in the previous shots. The scene looks better in natural light, but flash can reveal some new things, so I use it regularly.

Here you can see the moth that was feeding on the nectar produced by the tiny flowers. This is the Acontia trabealis, a prevalently diurnal species from the Noctuidae family.

Here you can see the Bruchidius villosus, a small beetle from the Bruchidae family.

Here you can see a detail of the plant eaten by some insect. I don't know what species exactly had a meal here.

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Here you can see the Teucrium capitatum forming a dense, more or less circular growth on the dry, sunny meadow in summer.

Here you can see a smaller group of these plants that grew near the shrubs on the edge of the meadow. The Heriaeus hirtus spider shown at the beginning of the post was photographed there.

The following links will take you to the sites with more information about the protagonists of this post. I found some stuff about them there.
https://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/plant.asp?ID=596#:~:text=capitatum%20leaves%20is%20considered%20the,%2C%20asthma%2C%20and%20gastrointestinal%20worms.
https://uk.inaturalist.org/taxa/735259-Acontia-trabealis
https://www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enFSearch.cgi?Fam=Bruchidae

AND THAT'S IT. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.

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Great captures @borjan 😎 this plant is indeed a great hiding place for the crab spider… it so blends in.
Also the other insects you found, nicely captured.
Have a wonderful Tuesday today 👋🏻😊

Thanks, good evening 👋🏻😊

The camouflage is cool!

These are perfect pictures of flowers and insects! Your photography are always nice and amazing.

Thanks. 🙂Glad you like these posts about nature.

Hello dear friend @borjan good day
You have very sharp eyes to see this crab spider, it hides very well between the branches of this plant
Excellent shots, I appreciate you letting us know
have a beautiful day

Thank you 🙂

I loved those furry plants and insects. Thanks for sharing those beauties.

Wow, really great shots! Giving a close view of the flower like you did made it way more beautiful.

Really wonderful how that spider is about identical to that flower, such a perfect cover.

unique spiders or Heriaeus hirtus, spiders including predatory animals are sometimes also cannibals,i think spider is the center of science.