|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
This day Rod Crawford and I headed south to La Center in Clark County, where a student's recent pitfall study in broccoli fields had provided Rod with interesting but incomplete samples from two adjacent gridspaces. Our goal was to raise the species total in each gridspace to at least the twenty-one. Luckily, since we had a long drive to get there, accessible habitats in each gridspace were accessible within a few miles of the freeway.
|Female Phidippus audax from shed|
|A formidable mantis...|
|...and a decidedly unformidable woollybear|
I also spotted my first woollybear (Pyrrharctia isabella) of the season, which was dashing headlong through the riparian grass.
Our second stop was at the Lake Rosannah Natural Area ("Mud Lake" on older maps) located at the lower end of the Allen Creek drainage. After collecting from gates and fences near the parking area, I walked the trail towards the lake and was happy to find open Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) cones next to the trail.
|Female Comaroma mendocino|
|Cone tapping site by Lake Rosannah|
Read Rod's account of the day here.
|The lustrous leaves of poison oak.|
|Last blossoms of summer: Spiraea douglasii|