|Site location. Click to enlarge.|
|This white pine was conveniently located|
in the middle of the trail!
When Rod sampled a nearby gridspace last year, he noted that western white pines (Pinus monticola) were present there. Always a good enticement for me, even better that it turned out to be true for this site as well! I was delighted to spot numerous pines next to the trail during the short hike to the lake, not to mention one growing smack dab in middle of the trail itself. And fallen cones were plentiful.
|Mossy pine cone|
I tapped my usual sample of 50 cones and collected 10 spiders and 57 (!) pseudoscorpions. All but one of the spiders were from the family Linyphiidae (the other was an agelenid), while all but one of the pseudoscorpions were from the family Neobisiidae (the other was from Chthoniidae). I later tapped an additional 10 cones which produced 2 more linyphiids and even more pseudoscorpions, the latter which I didn't have the heart to collect.
|Female Wubana pacifica|
|A bit blurry, but this photo shows|
Wubana's white "butt spot" (not
the technical term :)
|Just a few of the dozens of pseudo-|
scorpions I tapped from pine cones
Since western white pines are not the dominant forest tree species anywhere in Washington state, I've had to hone my pine-spotting skills in order to find them. When I have a good line of sight into the forest canopy, I usually find them by spotting the tree's feathery foliage and large, pendant cones. But when I'm inside a dense forest where the canopy is just a distant, indistinguishable mass of green, I simply search for fallen cones along the trail and look for the western white pine's unique bark pattern on nearby tree trunks.
|Looking up the unusual pine|
with the alder-appearing trunk
|Tree trunk comparison. A. typical white pine, B. unusual alder-appearing white pine, C. typical alder|
Read Rod's trip description here.