Stalking on Yellow. Frogbite and Cross Spider, Hypochaeris radicata with Araneus diadematus, Hoornsedijk, Groningen, The Netherlands
Only the stalks of Hogweed were dry-beige in the lush green fields between the Hoornsedijk and the Paterswoldsemeer. The Summer's apparently been very wet and dark. Large stands of Impatiens glandulifera trembled pink and red in the shade of the trees lining the meanders of the Hoornsediep.
The fields, wet underfoot, are awash with a variety of wildflowers and late-flowering grasses. Lots of Frogbite or Swine's Succory or Pigweed. I'd expected more bees; but there were hordes of foraging hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus and especially Helophilus pendulus). Many other insects, too.
Here's a Cross Spider - Araneus diadematus - prancing or maybe stalking prey on the marvellous yellow of Frogbite's flower - Hypochairis radicata. Don't ask me why the Latin transcription of the Greek χοῖρος (swine, pig, hog) in our plant's official name has become 'Chaeris'; I'd have expected 'Choeris' from the rules of transcription. The Great Linnaeus himself caused this confusion by using both spellings... Maybe I'll delve into this problem sometime later. 'Radicata' alludes to the fact that the leaves of Frogbite emanate directly from the roots; the stems are leafless.
Well, now off for a walk even though it's threatening rain.