Album of Blockhouse Creek Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer) from an 18 October 2011 spider collecting visit to Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington. This was our last main site of the Klickitat Expedition, and a successful one too! Laurel found that pine cones interspersed with cow dung have lots of spiders in them! I got an excellent sweep sample from riparian fields including an orbweaver I've been seeking for many years, Larinia borealis. We got 22 species here amid uniformly pleasant conditions, before beginning the long drive home.
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aerial photo of site on Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer in open pine woods, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Farm, narrow riparian zone, open pine   (Klickitat County, 2006) Laurel collecting in the open pine grove               © Rod Crawford
Laurel Ramseyer holds pine cone with spider retreat, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington Blockhouse Butte with red cinder quarry, central Klickitat County, Washington
Laurel holds cone with spider retreat   © Laurel Ramseyer Blockhouse Butte is being mined for red cinder           © Rod Crawford
spider Titanoeca nigrella from pine cone, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington pretty riparian scene, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Titanoeca nigrella from cones       © Laurel Ramseyer A very pretty riparian scene                © Laurel Ramseyer
cow dung among pine cones, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington Rod Crawford sorts a tree beat sample, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Cow dung among the pine cones enhanced fauna  © Laurel Ramseyer Rod sorts a tree beat sample               © Laurel Ramseyer
open pine grove, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington log in riparian meadow, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Open pine grove            © Rod Crawford Log in riparian meadow            © Laurel Ramseyer
ladybird beetle Hippodamia tredecimguttata from pine cones, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington riparian field, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Hippodamia tredecimguttata from cones  © Laurel Ramseyer Riparian meadow produced great spiders               © Rod Crawford
Mount Adams from Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington orbweaver spider Larinia borealis from Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Mount Adams recedes into misty distance  © Rod Crawford At last, the long-sought Larinia borealis!          © Rod Crawford
fungi grow from cow dung, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington riparian meadow grass, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Fungi growing from cow dung         © Rod Crawford Dead, but spider-rich, meadow grass            © Rod Crawford
canopy of riparian willow thicket, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington thistles and riparian willow thicket, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Riparian willow foliage         © Rod Crawford Thistles guard my approach to willow litter             © Rod Crawford
drowned caterpillar Pyrrharctia isabella amid duckweed, Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington marsh on Blockhouse Creek, central Klickitat County, Washington
Woolly bear that perished amid the duckweed, predicts a harsher winter than the one at Outlet Creek!     © Laurel Ramseyer Extensive marsh with sharp-edged grass but few spiders     © Rod Crawford


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