1st trip of '07: Successful!

KUJordan

Arachnobaron
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I decided to step out to my favorite spot south of Fredonia, KS this past sunday. It had been raining all weekend and was very damp everywhere. It was ~68degF when I went to the spot.

I only flipped around 25 rocks, but with much more success than I have ever had there this early in the spring. The 3rd rock I flipped yielded this young beauty:



A few rocks later I flipped a gigantic (~6-7") S. h. castanieceps! These guys don't sit for long at all when their cover is lifted, so I didn't get any pics of either of the two S.h.c's I found this trip. I wasn't looking to collect them either.

Next was a promising rock that yielded this very large S. polymorpha, which was one of two large ones for the trip:



Under this same rock was this large (3") spider (thinking Dolomedes sp.):



Also, under this exact same rock, was this beautiful (but very angry) P. emoryi (great plains ratsnake):











I've never seen a g.p.r at this spot before, so I was pretty stoked. I then found this male C. vittatus, which turned out to be one of very many:



I also flipped a few pieces of treebark that was laying on the ground and found this beautiful juvie L. mactans:

and this crazy Thomisidae?


I also saw this crazy goofy dog running around in the water. Funny, I didn't know boxers liked water this much...!


And the last find of the day was this little flathead snake, Tantilla gracilis, and I do mean little:




thanks for lookin'!
 

gunslinger

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Ok now its getting crazy! I never would have thought all of these things from Kansas in such a short span. SHows what i know. I mean what is this 4 threads of me dying of jealousy now :D Especially that uber nice Dolomedes.

Keep the goods coming, its like I get a vacation every time!
 

galeogirl

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Awesome finds! I need to strong-arm someone into going out buggin' with me, preferably someone who's better with a camera than I am.
 

KUJordan

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did you catch any of the c. vittatus:}

No, I have a nice colony at home and they are a dime a dozen all over Kansas. There are a few places I know of that you find more C. vittatus than you do any insect! You find them by the dozens.

Why? Do you want some?
 

brandontmyers

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yeah i would love some....haha...i know they occur towards the mountains of NC, but its not a given they are there because they are introduced, but if you have some time and wanna grab me some let me know...haha
 

Dorcus

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Nice finds... Wish there were some here in NJ as well... ^^
 
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