Selected photos by Sarah Hollingsworth and Rod Crawford from a 17 May 2014 spider collecting trip to an undeveloped (proposed) county park south of the community of Bonney Lake, Pierce County, Washington. Following the official Scarabs field meeting at Puyallup Riverwalk Trail, somewhat abbreviated since only 6 people showed up, we proceeded to this site in the next gridspace to the east. Most of the habitats tried were productive, with Sarah nabbing the best species Callilepis pluto, and in a short time we had 29 spider species to augment the previous 2. Sarah took all the field photos (Rod forgot his camera).
First four photos are from the Scarabs outing on Puyallup Riverwalk Trail that morning.
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|Rod shows off a male Metaphidippus to the new recruits
© Sarah Hollingsworth
|Rod sweeping the big meadow © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Mayfly hatched from adjacent river © Sarah Hollingsworth||Rod shows off a male spider © Sarah Hollingsworth|
Photos below are from our prime destination (research-wise), Buckley-Bonney Lake Park.
|Our sampling area from the air (Pierce County, 2009)||Road/trail into the park © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Rod beats the amazingly varied conifers © Sarah Hollingsworth||Small grassy clearing made a good headquarters © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Microlinyphia dana © Rod Crawford||Varied conifers surrounded the clearing © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Carapace of Pelegrina aeneola © Rod Crawford||Nearly-mature forest stand © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Grass in clearing © Sarah Hollingsworth||Rod, with sweep net, truckin' through the grass © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Rod scans net for every last spider © Sarah Hollingsworth||Bright yellow Misumena vatia © Rod Crawford|
|Sarah's prize Callilepis pluto: abdomen & epigynum
© Rod Crawford
|Side of the dirt road had abundant shrubs © Sarah Hollingsworth|
|Artistically splintered log end © Sarah Hollingsworth||Colorful Theridion californicum from salal © Rod Crawford|
|Rod sifting leaf litter © Sarah Hollingsworth||Dried mud cracks can be a spider habitat © Sarah Hollingsworth|