When you look into the cup of a flower head or rolled leaf, you never know what you'll see looking back. Most often it's one of the crab spiders, as many members of this species prefer to do their ambush hunting from the concealment of a bloom's shadowy interior.
Sometimes, though, you get a surprise…as I did when I peered into the unopened umbel of Queen Anne's Lace and found this critter staring up in what appears to be somewhat embarrassed perplexity. In fact, we were both confused—I first thought it was some type of tick, but quickly realized it was two legs shy of being a member of the eight-legged arachnid class. Hmmmm?
The day was hot and there were lots of bug-eating birds about. I didn't want to disturb my bright-orange find from it's protective hidy-hole. So I don't have a solid ID to pass along. My best guess is that it may be some type of shield bug. But if anyone knows better, feel free to pass such info along.