Cat-faced Camouflage
Araneus gemmoides

cat-faced spider
While checking out Trash-line Orb Weavers at Red Butte Garden, I turned my head to the left and almost
stuck my noggin in a Cat-faced Spider's orb web.  I then tried to photograph the spider in the center of the web
but it
took off running and hid by this similarly-colored spruce bud. I guess it uses this colorful item as a
retreat. Pretty good
camouflage, huh? Do they somehow know they are the same color, or is it
all merely coincidence?  © Carol Davis 6-8-2015


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