|Collection sites of mature Ozyptila praticola (blue) and|
O. pacifica (yellow). The red pin marks the location
of Granite Falls. Ozyptila pacifica data courtesy of
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
|Pine cone source at car wash|
|Cozy nest of pine cones and needles|
My second site in Granite Falls was in a residential area a few blocks from the car wash. I tapped 100 fallen Pinus monticola cones that had come to rest under a rhododendron hedge and collected 38 spiders from 6 families. Four species were identifiable, but the most common spiders were juvenile Tegenaria (15) and juvenile Steatoda (11). The Ozyptila count here: 1 juvenile and 0 adults. That's even more frustrating than the 3 juveniles I collected in 2016. It's the curse of the juvenile Ozyptila! I decided it was a good time to stop for a delicious and very satisfying late lunch at Barbeque Bucket before proceeding to Lake Roesiger.
Lake Roesiger Park
|Site 1 at Lake Roesiger Park|
|Site 2 cones on needle and|
maple leaf litter
|Site 2 at Lake Roesiger Park|