|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
I hadn't found any O. praticola on a recent trip to Burlington, the closest urban center south of Bellingham, but I still thought it likely to be present in Bellingham and the northwestern corner of the state, at least along the I-5 corridor. This is because it's been collected just over the Canadian border near Vancouver, British Columbia (see map at end of post). So although Bellingham wasn't my original destination for the day, I didn't mind traffic conditions diverting me there.
Bellingham has no shortage of pines, I found, but there was a distinct shortage of fallen cones beneath them due to groundskeeping practices. However, after searching diligently I eventually found two collection sites, each consisting of one western white pine (Pinus monticola) with fallen cones beneath.
Lincoln Street Underpass
|Site on Lincoln Street near|
I-5 underpass. Pine on left.
|Lincoln St. cones were barely open|
|Male Centromerita bicolor tapped|
from a pine cone
|Tachygyna vancouverana males|
James Street at Whatcom Creek
|My James St. pine cone|
|The James St. fallen cone|
|Juvenile Ozyptila from James St. site|
|Ozyptila praticola collection sites in WA and B.C.|
Blue: Confirmed with adult specimen; Yellow: Juvenile possible O. praticola;
Red: No O. praticola found. Note: B.C. records via Bennett et. al 2014
|The banks of Whatcom Creek are choked with invasive Himalayan |
blackberry, which incidentally originated in Armenia and Iran, not the Himalayas.