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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|Jean's place – a grass oasis in the forest (USGS, 1990)||Completely natural forest across the fence from Jean's immense lawn © Rod Crawford|
|Rich fir foliage produced 16 species © Rod Crawford||Salal, also good for spiders, dominated the understory © Rod Crawford|
|Salal well provided with leaf-miners © Rod Crawford||Edge of Jean's willow swamp © Rod Crawford|
|Three good habitats: fir, salal, cones © Laurel Ramseyer||Tall field habitat in the larger grass area © Laurel Ramseyer|
|White pines dropped Laurel's favorite habitat © Laurel Ramseyer||Phrurotimpus borealis from pine cones © Rod Crawford|
|Woof! © Laurel Ramseyer||Meadowy part of the big field © Laurel Ramseyer|
|Only one species on invasive broom © Laurel Ramseyer||Good loose-bark and wood habitats © Rod Crawford|
|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|