|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
We centered our collecting around the former mining town of Liberty. Our first site was Liberty Meadow, located just west of town. From there we headed a few miles north up Lion Gulch into a lovely ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forest about 700 feet higher in elevation.
|Isolated ponderosas in Liberty Meadow|
|Lots of cones!|
|Juvenile Steatoda, 1 of 14!|
|Oxyopes scalaris from pine foliage|
UPDATE (2 July 2016): We returned a few weeks later and collected mature specimens, identified as Steatoda washona. Read more about it here!
Rod had exhausted the habitats he was interested in by the time I was done tapping those 100 cones and beating the pine trees' foliage, so we drove on to our site up Lion Gulch.
|Looking down at cone tapping site|
(near car) from nearby hillside
|Tiger lily (Lilium columbianum)|
|Fallen ponderosa cones in Lion Gulch|
|Female Gnaphosa muscorum w/egg|
sac found under hillside rock
You can read Rod's trip narrative here and view his photo album here!
|Chipmunk licking the sandstone monolith on a nearby hilltop|