tempus fugit

By ceridwen

Jewel in the crown

I disturbed the diadem spider hidden in the middle of the  wild carrot seed-head. The umbel (cluster of flower stalks spreading from a single point) clenches as the seeds mature, eventually to break off for dispersal as a tumbleweed. In the interim it makes a perfect nest for a spider to await the twitching of her aerial fishing lines.

The seeds  equipped with tiny hooks to catch in pelt or plumage, look oddly like little bugs themselves.

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