A slightly more diminutive wonder awaits those in Hood River who look down: pine cone spiders. This field day was my first and so far only time tapping ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) cones in Oregon, but it was enough to put the state on the World Map of Pine Cone Spiders.
|Cones in clearcut amid Garry oak leaves|
|Roadside cones illuminated by late |
|Ebo evansae tapped from a cone|
|Hungry ticks waiting to snag a blood meal from passing deer or a spider collector.|