|Sample site location. Click to enlarge.|
|Trees on the right were the cone source|
|View between the rows|
|The fallen cone microhabitat|
|Both male and female Ozyptila |
praticola were present
Having found O. praticola in Snoqualmie, I decided to drive further east into the Cascades for another sample. I found numerous Pinus nigra trees planted around a gas station about 6 miles further into the mountains and tapped 100 of their fallen cones. Sadly, upon returning home, I discovered that I had lost the sample vial! The sample did contain numerous crab spiders, which appeared to me at the time of collection to be Xysticus rather than Ozyptila. But of course the juveniles present in the sample were too small for me to distinguish. I'll have to re-sample the area at another time. UPDATE [Aug 2017]: I eventually found the lost vial! The crab spiders in the sample turned out to be Bassaniana utahensis (Thomisidae) and Apollophanes margareta (Philodromidae). There were no O. praticola present.
|Mount Si as seen from Snoqualmie-North Bend Road|