|Site locations (click to enlarge)|
Our collecting sites were both located near the North Fork Teanaway River. The main site, Twentynine Pines Campground, was located in the northern reaches of the newly minted Teanaway Community Forest. The now-public forest is the result of a recent purchase by the State of Washington of more than 50,000 acres (20,000 ha) in the Teanaway River watershed. The Teanaway River is a tributary of the Yakima River, which itself is a tributary of the mighty Columbia River.
|29 Pines Campground sample site|
|Fallen ponderosa cones at 29 Pines|
|Callobius in web in ponderosa cone|
While I was sifting the needle litter, a friendly camper rushed over with his hand covering a cup that held a "spider" that had crawled up his leg. Well, it was a lovely specimen, but it was no spider. It was a long-horned beetle!
|Spire-shaped P. monticola|
at Johnson Medra Trailhead
|Many P. monticola cones were lying next to |
budding pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)
|P. strobus has spreading growth form|
(photographed in Arenac Co., MI)
Fifty tapped P. monticola cones produced only 5 spiders and 1 species, a female Anyphaena (Anyphaenidae) that will have to be dissected to confirm the species.
|Rod and Jessi sifting leaf litter at Twentynine Pines Campground|