|The cone-producing tree.|
Leaving our car parked at Gray Field, we walked to the nearby Quarry Road gate and were delighted to see at least half a dozen linked locks on its chain. This usually spells “public” rather than “private”, and seeing no signs warning away trespassers, we headed into a lovely ponderosa forest with a manzanita shrub understory in full bloom. We would learn soon enough by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District truck passing us that a) this was indeed public land, and b) by the driver’s friendly wave that nobody minded that we were there. We didn’t have to travel far along the eastern spur of the road to find our cones.
|Cones on needles and oak leaves.|
|Empty spider egg sac on cone scale.|
Together we collected seven spiders from our 20-cone sample, five by the tapping method and two by the peel method.