|Site location. Click photos to enlarge.|
|A view from the snow-free south-facing|
slope to the still-snowy north-facing side
|Site 1 cones|
|Xysticus locuples male|
|Male Xysticus exuvium|
I also sifted two bags of pine needle litter associated with the cones, but collected only 4 spiders and 1 identifiable species, Xysticus montanensis (Thomisidae). What a contrast to the cones!
|Site 2 cones|
|"Find your calling". Who paints |
inspirational messages under remote
creek bridges? Who seeks them there?
|Site 3. Note snow behind trees.|
Although taken within sight of each other, the day's three cone samples were remarkably different. There wasn't even one identifiable species common to any two sites.
|A rare glimpse of the cryptically colored Arachnophile crawfordii!|