Spider-in-the-Pulpit

Finally found some Jack-in-the-Pulpits over the weekend and had fun snapping some photos of them. I didn’t realize until I got home and pulled the photos up on my computer, though, that this particular Jack-in-the-Pulpit had an inhabitant.

See the spider lurking under the lip? Clever girl! For those not familiar with them, Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) are very cool flowers, consisting of a spadix (a sort of spike-shaped inflorescence of flowers) covered by a modified hood-shaped leaf called a spathe. The name comes from the idea that it looks a little like a preacher in a pulpit. Here’s a slightly different angle (this one’s spiderless):

I really like the purple veining in the ones here. Back in Ohio all the Jack-in-the-Pulpits I remember seeing were solid green!

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4 thoughts on “Spider-in-the-Pulpit”

  1. Nice find! I gotta think that spider’s found a good hunting spot, and it’s protected from the elements, too. The purple-striped Jack-in-the-pulpits are my favorite, but the all-green ones sure are pretty, too!

    1. No, unfortunately – if I had a better photo I could probably figure it out, but of course when I took the photo I didn’t even know the spider was there. All I can tell you is a little of what it’s not (not a jumping spider, not a wolf spider…).

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