|Site locations (click to enlarge)|
|Nason Creek R.A. sample site|
|View of Leavenworth site from above|
|Me and some cones|
Climbing up a small rocky prominence, I was able to find 31 ponderosa cones that hadn't rolled down off the mountain. Luckily we didn't either! Though small, this batch of cones was much more productive than the Nason Creek R.A. sample: 11 spiders and 4 species! Only after several more years of sampling would we realize that 3 of those species, E. formosa, Pholcophora americana (Pholcidae) and Meioneta fillmorana (Linyphiidae), are the first-, second-, and third-most common spider species found in fallen pine cones in eastern Washington.