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April 2010

Durham, NC 4/30/10

Wolf spider Pearl Crescent Lanternless Firefly Beetle Mock Strawberry Paper wasp (Polistes genus)

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham, NC  4/26/10

 
Wild Blue Indigo Dogbane Tiger Moth (Cycnia tenera), found on the underside of a Common Milkweed leaf Shield-backed Katydid Ox-eye Daisy  


 
Multi-colored Asian Ladybug Beetle, anomalous with no spots Male Juvenal's Duskywing Large Bee Fly in flight Mating muscid flies  

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, Orange County, NC  4/24/10

I was accompanied by Lori Musick, a fellow naturalist, who helped me spot some of these plants and animals and was generally a great help.

   
Juvenal's Duskywing Adult female Eastern Fence Lizard Pink Wood-sorrel    


 
Blue-eyed Grass Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) Coral Honeysuckle Pinxter Flower (Rhododendron periclymenoides), a member of a wild azalea species  

 

 
Fowler's Toad Owlet moth Broad-shouldered Water Striders (Rhagovelia obesa).  These tiny insects, no more than 1 mm long, were in frantic motion at Bobbitt's Hole. Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), held upside-down by Lori.  


     
Immature Northern or Southern Black Widow Awl fly (Coenomyia ferruginea) being attacked by a black widow, Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road, Orange County, NC, 4/24/10 Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum), Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 4/24/10 Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)      

Durham, NC  4/22/10

 
Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus, Oleaceae family) Spined Soldier Bug  

Durham, NC  4/20/10

         
Baby praying mantises, Durham, NC, 4/20/10          

Durham, NC  4/19/10

The current drought allowed me to go way back in my local marsh, where I saw most of these things.

 
Tiny water strider (Trepobates subnitidus), on a stream in the marsh Apparently an upside-down aquatic snail, scroffing up some blue organic matter and breathing heavily.  On a stream in the marsh. Semiaquatic, succulent buttercup producing fruit.  Boxelder Bug nymph apparently scavenging.  Seen at roadside.  The casualty rate among caterpillars on dark paved surfaces was striking today.  


 
Dark Fishing Spider, very small Wolf spider, also very small.  These spiders routinely walk on water, and no one's impressed! Very small fly on a buttercup flower.  Seen on the margins of the marsh. Small bee on a cattail leaf. A kind of wild geranium, away from the marsh 

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  4/18/10

     
Ashy Clubtail  Common Goldstar (Hypoxis hirsutis).  Not really so common: this remote spot in Johnston Mill NP is the only place I've seen any.  Seven-spotted ladybug beetle  Dung beetle, note clay on margins Bashful Trillium  Yellow Buckeye flowers


         
Tachinid fly  Large Beefly (Bombilius major) Female Eastern Fence Lizard Jack-in-the-pulpit  

         
Heartleaf Foamflower Eastern Bluestar Ground Ivy Ichneumon wasp  Common Vetch


 
Rue Anemone Male Eastern Tailed Blue Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Orchard Spider Jack-in-the-pulpits: five spathes

Durham, NC  4/15/10

         
Stink bug (Brochymena genus)         

Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, NC  4/11/10

Stars can shine.  In fact, stars can light up the sky: even at new moon, everything here was clearly visible at night.  The air was so clean I could get to the summit of Moore's Knob (2500 feet) with little more effort than it takes to do a routine walk back home in the big city.  We never think of air quality as being related to heart health, but maybe we should start doing it.

Ant dragging a bee by one wing.  Bee was marginally alive. Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo) Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum), somewhat past "blooming" time Leaf beetle (Chrysomela scripta), seen at the observation tower at the summit of Moore's Knob, far from anything with leaves on it. Mourning Cloak.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.


 
Field Pansy Small (10 mm) scarab beetle (Hoplia trivia) Halberd-leaved (Yellow) Violet (Viola hastata).  Seen at the same elevation as the lake (about 1200 feet). Carolina Hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana) cones, opened.  These showed up in the rocky upper reaches of Moore's Knob (2500 feet high).  These are endangered by the woolly adelgid, but  state-listed only in Tennessee.  

 

Fetter-bush, Mountain Andromeda or Lily-of-the-Valley shrub (Pieris floribunda), Ericaceae family Common Groundpine (Dendrolycopodium obscuram) Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum) Might be part of a pear tree. Seen at Moore's Knob summit.


         
View from Moore's Knob summit Pilot Mountain: view from Moore's Knob summit          

 Durham, NC  4/10/10

 
Large Beefly Blister Beetle (Lytta aenea), probably not in great shape Mating march flies, female on left Common Cinquefoil  

Durham, NC  4/8/10

 
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Carolina Jessamyn Large Bee Fly in flight March fly Leaffooted Bug  


   
Southern Green Stink Bug March flies mating Plant bug, Tropidosteptes genus, Miridae family.  This one was about 2 mm long and hopping around in the street.  I thought it was a gnat at first.  ID thanks to v. belov.    

Durham, NC  4/5/10

     
Wolf Spider Mazus japonicus flower      

Durham, NC  4/1/10

       
Cimbicid sawfly (Abia genus).  Not a bee, but an Abia!        

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