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South Hill Mall
|South Hill Mall cone source|
|A fallen P. nigra cone|
I tapped 50 cones and collected 21 spiders and 5 species, a fine start to my day! As is so often the case in this part of the state, the introduced species Tenuiphantes tenuis dominated the sample. But I did find a few native spiders, including two species of Tachygyna as well as Phrurotimpus borealis. As for the target species: I found no O. praticola.
|...dropped plenty of accessible cones|
|Female Lepthyphantes leprosus|
|Juvenile Micaria sp.|
The sets of spiders I collected from Puyallup and Parkland were quite similar in composition to others I've tapped from cones in urban or suburban sites in the southern Puget Sound region. And like those collected from other sites south or west of the Puyallup River, they lacked O. praticola.
|A C-17 military transport from JBLM took wing as I tapped cones in Parkland|