Spider curator Rod Crawford shares the ups and downs of one of his latest field adventures...
My most ambitious (and, with the price of gas, expensive) spider collecting field trip of the year was to be a Memorial Day Weekend expedition to northeast Washington, in collaboration with Larry McTigue, an old friend from my caving days who wanted to hunt for new caves in the limestone deposits. The plan was to start in southern
Saturday went well for me. I got a much-needed supplementary spider sample from a beautiful spot in sagebrush country on Sinking Creek southeast of the town of
—to wake up with rain pattering on the tent. Not much, just enough to make the vegetation too wet for spider collecting. The sun came out later but it was noon before I could sweep any grass or beat any bushes. Our morning plans centered on an area northeast of Chewelah where a place called
Heading north, as it turned out, right into a series of thunderstorms! Every place we tried that afternoon was wetter and less productive. The final indignity was
Well, we finally did get out from under the clouds, but the landscape was still wet by the time we camped on a soggy hilltop north of
At this point the central
For more on this year's spider collecting trips, see the Spider Collector's Journal.
Photo: Female Evarcha proszynskii from Wolfe Camp Road by Rod Crawford