My last day in Mexico was one where the weather finally cooperated, if no rain is what could be called cooperation. It was also extremely hot, which should probably have been expected, because those ocean breezes didn’t reach where I was.
There weren’t mosquitoes like Palo Verde, although there were a couple of high-pitched buzzes in my ears. At least it wasn’t a constant hum. The other benefit to working in a very tourist-centric place was the ease of transportation; I could get to my sites with a small walk and a ride in a collectivo.
Since it was a day without rain–even though it was cloudy–I decided to make the most of it. I walked all along the access road, although I took care to avoid the (completely unmarked) private property that a guy in a car chased me off of the last time I was in Mexico. He told me it belonged to some hotel, and that I needed permission from the hotel administration before I could collect spiders. To make sure I didn’t wander over there again, I always walked to the left.
The spiders were out, but not as common and I remembered from last time. I never really found more than 4 or 5 on a plant, when I seem to recall a higher population density on 2013. That is still far higher than what I found in Costa Rica, but it makes me wonder if the drought that has been following me from Panama to Costa Rica might also be happening in Mexico. Yes, it was raining, but they weren’t exactly the normal, long-falling rains, more torrential showers that would end in less than 30 minutes or so. As I saw in Palo Verde, it wasn’t nearly enough for the rivers and lakes to fill to the point where the crocodiles could go about their business.
With regard to Bagheera, I also didn’t find many eggs. I found some, but not as many as my last time down here. There were still babies and juveniles, so maybe they all reproduced earlier this year. Since this entire plant-ant-spider system was first reported to science only 5 years ago, there is still plenty to figure out.
My wanderings today took me to Uxuxubi, which I should have know was far because of the signs.
At least there were plenty of pretty flowers on the way!
The best Vachellia plant that I found came at the very end, where I found seven spiders!