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April 2014

We had an unusually cold winter and spring was rather late this year, but some things stayed the same: The Fall Cankerworm Moth (Alsophila pometaria) caterpillars, annoying green inchworms which began dropping out of trees, were quickly gobbled up by Caterpillar Hunter Beetles (Calosoma scrutata) waiting below on the neighborhood paved trails; action intensified in May.

In Montreat, in the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains, wildflower season was getting underway, although there were very few insects.

Montreat, Buncombe County, NC  4/30/14

Little Sweet Betsy Mayfly Broadleaf Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla) Slender Toothwort (Dentaria heterophylla) Goldenwort leaf

Montreat, Buncombe County, NC  4/29/14

Ajuga reptans Bellwort Bloodwort Clintonia genus Crane fly (Limnophila genus).  ID thanks to John F. Carr.


Downy Yellow Violet Halberd-leaved Violet Crested Iris bud Jack-in-the-pulpit Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Red eft Lichen Serviceberry (Amelanchier genus), Montreat, Buncombe County, NC< 4/29/14 Witch Alder (Fothergilla genus), Montreat, Buncombe County, NC, 4/29/14 Yellow Mandarin (Prosartes lanugininosa), Montreat, Buncombe County, NC, 4/29/14

Wake Robin (Trillium erectum), Montreat, Buncombe County, 4/29/14 Wood Violet Striped Maple Celandine Poppy Stunted Mayapple, from being tangled in fallen leaf

Swannanoa Trail, Warren Wilson College, Buncombe County, NC  4/28/14

Cairn Golden Alexander Mayapple stunted by fallen leaf Mayapple blooms Blooming Mayapples

Carolina Spring Beauty Mystery wildflower Squawroot Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) Wild geranium

Wild Strawberry        
Montreat, Buncombe County, NC  4/28/14

Jack-in-the-pulpit Common Blue Violet, purple-and-white variation Northern Rough-winged Swallow Common Blue Violets (Viola sororia): both varieties Large-flowered Trillium

Montreat, Buncombe County, NC  4/27/14

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda) Celandine Poppy Crested Iris (Iris cristata) Spring Azure

Durham, NC  4/26/14

Five-lined Skink Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Buttercup        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/24/14

Female Common Whitetail    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/24/14

Alder Leaf Beetle, Chrysomela genus (interrupta the most likely species) Stink bug nymph Broad-bodied leaf beetle (Zygogramma suturalis) Aphids Pipevine Swallowtail

Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) Hawkweed Spring Beauty    

Durham, NC  4/23/14

Weevil, which flew to a bollard on Third Fork Creek Trail Japanese Mazus Tiny moth I caught flying    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/22/14

Willow sawfly (Nematus genus). ID thanks to Dave Smith. Caterpillar Hunter Beetle Tufted Titmouse singing Female Brown-headed Cowbird Male Brown-headed Cowbird


Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/21/14

Tachninid fly Mouseear chickweed Jumping spider Jumping spider (Thiodana sylvana)  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/20/14

Sycamore Seed Bug (Belonchilus numenius)        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/18/14

Common Toadflax        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/16/14

Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Same jumping spider, dorsal view Small Phidippus audax with fly prey Jumping spider  

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  4/14/14

Juvenal's Duskywing Canadian Violet Giant Chickweed Jack-in-the-pulpit

Spring Beauty Cutleaf Toothwort Trillium Orb weaver (Mangora genus)  

Dayflying lightning bug beetle        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/13/14

Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle, with pine pollen grains        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/11/14

Ichneumon wasp        

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham, NC  4/10/14

Selys' Sundragon. ID thanks to Larry de March.
Added to Project Noah page.
Yellow Woodland Violet (Viola pubescens) Dutchman's Breeches Giant Chickweed  
Large Bee Fly at a Rue Anemone flower A Common Blue Violet and a Yellow Woodland Violet Tiny crab spider Flower fly  
Early Saxifrage Toothwort, probably a Cutleaf Velvet mite Juvenal's Duskywing
Early Saxifrage and some Trout Lily leaves        

Third Fork Creek Trial, Durham, NC  4/10/14

Long-jawed orb weaver        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  4/8/14

A thick-jawed orb weaver (Pachygnatha furcillata). Genus ID thanks to John and Jane Balaban.  Species ID thanks to Jeff Hollenbeck Same spider, but a frontal view.  Jeff thought the smaller spider might be in the Phrurotimpus genus. The little spider seen on the left Ichneumon wasp Rove beetle (Stenus genus). ID help provided by Craig Sondergaard.

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC  4/6/14

Brown Elfin Spring Azure Spring Azure in flight Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)  

Durham, NC  4/5/14

Spined Soldier Bug Crab spider      

Durham, NC  4/3/14

Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Another Field Pansy Crab spider (Synema parvulum) The same crab spider (Synema parvulum) with prey, a winged insect  

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  4/2/14

Scoliid wasp (Campsomeris genus)        

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  4/2/14

Male Boat-tailed Grackle White Ibis Ring-billed Gull American Coot taking off (part running)  

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  4/2/14

Dunlin Sand Fiddler Crab Northern Mockingbird A Royal Tern (right) and what might be a Forster's Tern Royal Tern in breeding plumage
Dunlin flying over the Cape Fear River Dunlin about to be splashed Diamondback Terrapin, about 2 inches long Dunlin avoiding a wave  

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  4/1/14

Male Boat-tailed Grackle attempting to use a bird feeder At sunset      

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area  4/1/14 

American Oystercatchers and a few Marbled Godwits First-year White Ibis Dunlins Mourning Dove  

Double-crested Cormorants, migrating Snowy Egret in flight Snowy Egret in marsh Wildflowers (planted by state)  

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