Album of Coles Road Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer) from a spider collecting trip on 12 May 2010 to south Whidbey Island (Island County, Washington), starting at privately owned field, forest and swamp habitats south of the town of Langley, by special arrangement with owner Jean Knapp. Our morning's work produced 44 species including interesting records of Trachelas, Lepthyphantes and Walckenaeria spp. Laurel's pine-cone tapping alone (60 cones) produced 15 species! Thanks to Jean for inviting us and for having such a nice place to invite us to!
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1990 aerial view of Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington

edge of lawn and forest, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington

Jean's place – a grass oasis in the forest   (USGS, 1990) Completely natural forest across the fence from Jean's immense lawn    © Rod Crawford
Douglas-fir foliage Pseudotsuga menziesii, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington salal Gaultheria shallon just within forest, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Rich fir foliage produced 16 species          © Rod Crawford Salal, also good for spiders, dominated the understory      © Rod Crawford
keaf-miners in salal, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington willow swamp, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Salal well provided with leaf-miners      © Rod Crawford Edge of Jean's willow swamp          © Rod Crawford
fir, salal and pine cones, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington grassy field, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Three good habitats: fir, salal, cones     © Laurel Ramseyer Tall field habitat in the larger grass area          © Laurel Ramseyer
white pine cones Pinus monticola, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington corinnid ant-mimic spider Phrurotimpus borealis from pine cones, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
White pines dropped Laurel's favorite habitat      © Laurel Ramseyer Phrurotimpus borealis from pine cones           © Rod Crawford
dogs at Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington meadowy part of grass field, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Woof!      © Laurel Ramseyer Meadowy part of the big field         © Laurel Ramseyer
Scots broom Cytisus scoparius at Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington rotting log with loose bark, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Only one species on invasive broom    © Laurel Ramseyer Good loose-bark and wood habitats               © Rod Crawford
Jean Knapp mowing her lawn near Langley, Whidbey Island, Washilngton male crab spider Philodromus dispar with unformed regenerated palps, Jean Knapp property, Whidbey Island, Washington
Jean, retired, mows her huge lawn herself – great exercise!
© Rod Crawford
Adult male Philodromus dispar lost both palps in the previous instar, so he's a spider eunuch         © Rod Crawford


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