|Location of Scotts Valley sample site|
Michael Stipe may have written Stand to be a nonsense bubblegum song, but when I turned a 180 on the disappointing grove and looked up to see this towering lone pine across the street, well, "...think about direction..." started playing on my internal soundtrack. Loads of open cones on a thin layer of needles dotted the ground beneath this beautiful giant. Jackpot!
|Today's cone source|
I collected 13 spiders from 20 cones, all via the tapping method. As with the previous sample, which was from an urban section of neighboring Felton, Oecobius sp. juveniles were the most numerous spider present in the Scotts Valley sample. I also collected a pair of Drassodes neglectus, a juvenile ant mimic (Micaria sp.) and an assortment of other juveniles. Not bad for what otherwise looked like a barren, lifeless patch of urban dirt. And I completed my work before dark.