Canon 30D, handheld
|All the early birds|
Taken in March, this comes close to representing the first visible specimens of crab spider, syrphid fly, and flower for the year – the daffodils came up earlier, but they're not typically pollinated by anything except the wind. The crab spider (family Thomisidae, I believe) knew instinctually that the flower would be attracting pollinators, and picked a nice ambush spot – I can only surmise that it was hiding under one of the upper-layer petals, because it certainly isn't blending in and one would think that even a syrphid fly (family Syrphidae) would be warned off by its appearance. I only came along to see the aftermath, as it were, but they all posed nicely on the flower, didn't they?
[I have to note, I spent way too long trying to determine what kind of flower this was, to no avail. I doubt that it's anything exotic, since it was growing in the yard, but no source of NC wildflowers provided a matching image, and I'm not going to waste any more time on it.]