Album of Bickleton – Cleveland Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer) from a 16 October 2011 spider collecting visit to sites between Bickleton (pop. 90), where we collected in a swale with diverse tree growth, and Cleveland (pop. 30), where we collected mainly in the historic cemetery, in Klickitat County, Washington. Initially still wet from the night's unpredicted rainstorm, habitats dried during the day and eventually provided us with 22 spider species. Best specimens were yet another new Disembolus from the Bickleton site, and the very rare theridiid Chrysso pelyx from a park in Cleveland.
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2006 aerial photo of swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer on her way to pine swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Aerial view of the wooded swale  (Klickitat County, 2006) Laurel makes a beeline for the pines        © Rod Crawford
pine cones on ground, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer in pine grove, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Plenty of pine cones here       © Rod Crawford Laurel happily ensconced in pine-ville             © Rod Crawford
Ponderosa pine foliage, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington shady pine grove, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Lush green pine foliage       © Laurel Ramseyer Pines in a shady swale             © Rod Crawford
Coccinella septempunctata from pine cone, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington European earwig Forficula auricularia from pine cone, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Non-native cone dweller, Coccinella septempunctata © Laurel Ramseyer European earwig another non-native cone dweller   © Laurel Ramseyer
yellowjacket queen Vespula pensylvanica from pine cone, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington ponderosa pine trunk, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Even yellowjacket queen was using pine cones     © Laurel Ramseyer Picturesque pine trunk               © Laurel Ramseyer
Purshia tridentata at swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington meadow steppe habitat at swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Purshia tridentata shrub           © Rod Crawford Meadow steppe habitat               © Rod Crawford
Juniperus occidentalis foliage, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington Thanatus sp. crab spider from pine cone, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Juniper trees among the pines         © Rod Crawford Laurel's pine cone Thanatus          © Rod Crawford
hawthorn Crateagus litter, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington hawthorn Crateagus thicket, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
Leaf litter was productive         © Rod Crawford Hawthorn thicket, an unexpected but welcome sight      © Rod Crawford
flowering rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington row of Ponderosa pine trees, swale W of Bickleton, Klickitat County, Washington
We found rabbitbrush in bloom all over © Laurel Ramseyer Trees in a row growing along streamcourse            © Laurel Ramseyer

We stopped at historic Cleveland Cemetery to supplement the collection from a habitat with dry grass.

2006 aerial view of Cleveland Cemetery, Klickitat County, Washington gate of Cleveland Cemetery, Klickitat County, Washington
Cemetery site from the air      (Klickitat County, 2006) Unlocked gate: place is over 130 years old          © Laurel Ramseyer
old grave stones, Cleveland Cemetery, Klickitat County, Washington pine cones inside fence of Cleveland Cemetery, Klickitat County, Washington
Old stones commemorate early settlers    © Rod Crawford Pine cones were only inside the fence!            © Laurel Ramseyer
theridiid spider Chrysso pelyx from Cleveland Park, Klickitat County, Washington well-grown habitat among grave stones, Cleveland Cemetery, Klickitat County, Washington
Rare Chrysso pelyx              © Rod Crawford Good habitat among the gravestones            © Rod Crawford

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