|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
|Lakewood cone sources: black pines|
(background), Scots pine (foreground)
|Fallen black pine cone|
|Fallen Scots pine cones|
I tapped 100 fallen black pine cones and collected 13 spiders from 4 families, but Tachygyna ursina (Linyphiidae) was the only identifiable species. Next, I tapped 100 fallen Scots pine cones and collected just six tiny juvenile arachnids: 2 harvestmen and 4 Enoplognatha probably-ovata (Theridiidae). Lots of cones tapped, but not much to show for it. But I did enjoy the sunshine and the serenading of a white-crowned sparrow the whole while.
|University Place cone source|
|Hundreds of western white pine cones|
scattered between the trees
Tapping 100 fallen cones I collected 34 spiders from 6 families. Five species were identifiable: Tachygyna ursina and T. vancouverana, Xysticus cristatus (Thomisidae), Cryptachaea blattea (Theridiidae) and Tenuiphantes tenuis (Linyphiidae). Six Philodromus sp. and nine Enoplognatha probably-thoracica were the most common juveniles in the sample. All in all, it was a very typical urban sample from this part of the state.