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Red Baneberry Flowering

5-15-15  red baneberry & goldenrod crab spider  087Red Baneberry is most noticeable in mid-summer, when its flowers have developed into bright red (poisonous) fruits. At this time of year, its delicate white flowers look very much like those of its close relative, White Baneberry (which eventually bears white poisonous fruit). The easiest way to differentiate the two species at this time of year is to notice the shape of the flower cluster. Red Baneberry’s cluster is more or less spherical, whereas White Baneberry’s is more cylindrical.

A Goldenrod Crab Spider, capable of changing color from yellow to white or vice versa, depending on the color of the flower it’s on, perches on Red Baneberry flowers waiting to pounce upon an unsuspecting pollinator.

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2 responses

  1. Marilyn

    The spider is as interesting as the baneberry!

    May 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

  2. Interesting to learn about the spider’s ability to change color. Another wondrous adaptation in nature. Something always eats our baneberry so it must not be poisonous to them!

    May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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