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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


One of very few peucetia viridans spiderlings currently growing in my garden prefers to hunt among the felty indian mallow leaves (abutilon palmeri). For the past several years, the lynx spider population had been abundant, but last autumn there were few (actually, I saw none) successful egg sacs. Apparently there was at least one clutch that survived.

The mallow, a drought tolerant desert adapted species, has struggled in our coastal-influenced yard during its first years of life, but this spring shows every sign of paying off its tenacity with abundant new growth and tons of golden flowers.

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