A very short walk from Gate 10 brought me to a little headland sticking out into the eastern side of Andrews Harbor. Much like at my 6 June sampling site across the harbor, a strip of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and a curtain of arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) separated an oak-dominated forest from the reservoir.
Tapping 50 cones, I collected a modest 7 spiders, all juveniles except for a microspider TBD. The pine needle & oak leaf litter was much more productive, producing 23 spiders from 7 families and 3 species. Although I found nothing novel in the sample, I did enjoy the chance to have a good look at the spinnerets on this juvenile gnaphosid. I could almost believe that they were sea anemones.
Cones old (top) and new (bottom)
Anemone-like gnaphosid spinnerets
This marked the first day in the season that I spotted newly fallen white pine cones in the Wachusett Reservoir forest. They were still quite sticky with fragrant resin, and made my hands and net smell nice.