|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
I first tried looking for fallen pine cones in South Sound Center in Lacey, but had no luck. Like so many malls in western Washington, black pines (Pinus nigra) are a dominant feature in the landscaping there, but the needle litter and fallen cones had been removed by groundskeepers. In fact, a crew of groundskeepers was thus occupied while I was there. Sadness.
|Towering Jeffrey pine|
My excitement faded, however, when I realized that this tree's fallen cones were poorly opened and few in number. Still, I did collect a female Tachygyna ursina (Linyphiidae) from the 19 cones I tapped, a species not previously recorded in the gridspace. So at least there was that.
|Double row of Douglas-firs|
|Fallen Douglas-fir cones|
|Grammonota kincaidi females|