Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes
Golden Gate is simply teeming with insects, spiders, and other many-legged crawlers. Every habitat has its crew of characters, from bugs thriving in the tops of tall trees, to soil dwellers milling beneath the earth's surface. The sight of early morning dew on a spider web, or a bumble bee lumbering from flower to flower, or a centipede crawling through leaf litter can be an introduction to an entirely new world. Social insects such as ants, bees, and wasps are often introduced species from other parts of the world, but native representatives still thrive in the park. Grasshoppers jump in front of visitors in the grasslands, and beetles trek across the sand dunes. Even the fly, a creature we often think of as ugly, comes in a rainbow of colors and can be seen pollinating flower clusters in the spring. Bugs even show up in wetland areas, water striders gliding across a creek surface, or dragonflies and damselflies alighting on a sedge. There are as many insects to learn as the visitor has time to explore.
Did You Know?
Mélange underlies much of Golden Gate and is a mixture of rocks created by tectonic activity in and near a subduction zone.