|Site location (click to enlarge)|
|Pine amid glowing maples|
|Lots of open cones ready to fall|
|Fallen cone on the rocky shore|
I didn't sift any litter at this site since I found almost none associated with the cones that I sampled. And while the content of this final cone sample wasn't particularly exciting, it was gratifying to know that it contributed to the overall picture of spiders in fallen pine cones at Wachusett Reservoir. Over the course of my Wachusett Reservoir survey I tapped 338 spiders from 1,389 fallen P. strobus cones and sifted 331 spiders from about 115 liters of associated litter. Although many specimens still await complete identification, I collected about 30 morphospecies from fallen cones at Wachusett Reservoir.