|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
|Looking upstream along the Yakima|
River from the Thorp Hwy bridge. Note
swallow in lower left-hand corner.
|A male Pardosa catching|
some rays on a bridge post.
Other spiders tapped from this set of cones included a male of one of the tiny Neon species (Salticidae) as well as several juvenile Salticus scenicus (Salticidae). Although we frequently find S. scenicus in highly human-influenced environments, this is the first time I've found it present in the fallen cone microhabitat.
|Cobbles at pond site|
|An Agroeca-like egg sac hanging|
under a rock
Washington State Patrol
|Fallen ponderosa cones next to WSP|
|Male Bassaniana utahensis in fore-|
ground, female in background
In all I tapped 6 identifiable species from ponderosa cones near the Thorp Highway Bridge, three of them not taken from other microhabitats.
Read Rod's account of the day here.
|Bassaniana utahensis in a crack in a wooden guardrail post|
|Morel (?) mushrooms were pushing up through the roadside leaf litter|
|Unfurling black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) leaves|