Braided! How?

My camera always accompanies me when I’m out in the yard. I had been taking pictures of this and that.

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Then I found this daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus). Its lower petals looked like they had been braided into a half circle. The shape was just too deliberate looking to have had happened naturally.

What would’ve positioned those petals like that? What was the reason? (To make me curious?)

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A crab spider was all I found on the small cluster of the flowers.

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The flowers were past their peak by the next evening. The”braided” area still remained roughly the same.

I just noticed another crab spider in the lower flower head on the left.

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The two flower heads in the center created a cute enclosure … it would be a good place to “camp” or hide from predators if you were a tiny insect or spider.

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A tiny bee took advantage of the fresh flower head for an evening snack.

The “braided” petals still remain an unsolved mystery. Maybe I’ll learn more with future encounters … which would probably be next year, since the daisy fleabanes are almost done blooming.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Hi good morning, my daughter says that may be done by condensation over night, usually petals get stock together, but for me, it looks very interesting that is forming a semicircle! !!!

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  2. That’s odd. I’m not sure how or why but maybe the spiders were doing the braiding.

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