We love the light, paper quality of the rose petals and pink crab spider that Sylvia achieved, again using her smart-phone, in her garden in the Gard. Rather than spinning a web, this spider is a master at camouflage and hides on flowers waiting to leap on its prey. It changes color according to the flower on which it is hunting.
Araignée du matin, chagrin; araignée du soir, espoir.
Spider in the morning, chagrin; spider in the evening, hope. This common French dictum is interpreted by the superstitious to mean that if you see a spider in the morning it brings bad luck; but if in the evening, good luck. Other sources relate it to weather prediction: a busy spider in the morning indicates rain for later in the day; one out at night means the weather will be fine.
une araignée-crabe rose (Thomisus onustus): a pink crab spider
une araignée: a spider
le chagrin: chagrin, grief, sorrow
une rose: a rose
un rosier: a rosebush
©2012 P.B. Lecron