|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
My destination was the Kent - Covington - Maple Valley area in the southwestern corner of King County. I had collected juvenile O. praticola in Kent back in 2015, so I knew the species was in the area. On my way to my old collecting spot, I checked for fallen cones in the expansive business and industry parks on the north end of town. I found plenty of black pine (Pinus nigra) cones along the way, but none of them with open scales. As for my old collecting spot from 2015, groundskeepers had removed the cones.
|First cone source: white pine|
|Erigone dentosa (bottom)|
& Erigone TBD (top)
|Second cone source: black pines|
|Ozyptila praticola juveniles|
With the sun setting, it was time to return home. Covington and Maple Valley will have to wait for another day.