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April 2020

Durham, NC  4/29/20

Female Zabulon Skipper Ant Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) Bristly Mallow (Valerianella radiata) Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium caroliniana)

Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex) Crab spider (Xysticus genus) Forest Tent Caterpillar Golden-backed Snipe Fly Grass

Eastern Gammagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) Gray Everlasting (Gamochaeta coarctata) Another Gray Everlasting (Gamochaeta coarctata) Jumping spider Leaf beetle (Paria quadrinotata)

Leafhopper (Jikradia coelidia) Pearl Crescent Velvet ant (Pseudomethoca simillima) Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata) Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Wolf spider        

Durham, NC  4/28/20

Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) Hearts-a-bustin bud unfolding Hearts-a-bustin flower (Euonymus americanus) Hornet Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) fruit Oak leaf Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Southern Blue Flag (Iris virginica) Venus' Looking Glass (Triodanis perfoliata)

Woodcroft Fairies Azalea      

Durham, NC  4/27/20

Carolina Satyr Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus) Awl-fruited Sedge (Carex stipata) Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) buds Gray Everlasting (Gamochaeta coarctata)

Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Jumping spider Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Purple tridens (Tridens flavus) Wasp (maybe Scolia bicincta)

Weedy Dwarf Dandelion        

Durham, NC  4/26/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Assassin bug (Zelus luridus) Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Stiff Marsh Bedstraw (Galium tinctorium)

Hornet Leaf-footed bug Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Sample of litter tossed in the Third Fork Creek        

Durham, NC  4/24/20

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) Narrow-leaf Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) Bristly Mallow (Modiola caroliniana) Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Female Eastern Tailed-blue Thread-waisted wasp and fungus gnat Same fungus gnat Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) with midge

Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) seedpod Jumping spider, probably young Paraphidippus aurantius Least Skipper Lightning bug beetle

Pearl Crescent Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) Purpletop tridens (Tridens flavus) River Birch (Betula nigra) female catkin Shield-backed bug, with reflections of the sky, woods, as well as my hat and camera

Stink bug (Banasa dimiata) Thread-waisted wasp Warty leaf beetle (Neochlamisus bebbianae) Weedy Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia caespitosa) Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)


Tree Stink Bug        

Durham, NC  4/23/20

Poppy, propped up by a walking stick.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Same Poppy      

American Tobacco Trail (Miles 3-6), Durham, NC  4/22/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva Bowl-and-doily Spider Buds of an unidentified plant English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) Hawkweed (Hieracium genus)

Hawkweed Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre) Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata) Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis)

Common Sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus) Velvetgrass, called Yorkshire Fog in the U.K. (Holcus lanatus).  An introduced plant. European Field Pansy (Viola arvensis).  ID thanks to Janie Harmon Owens.  An introduced plant. Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)  

Red-spotted Purple Zabulon Skipper Sawtooth Blackberry Hawkweed Group of Lyre-leaved Sages (Salvia lyrata)

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) Mustard      

Durham, NC  4/21/20

Mystery aster Bristly Mallow (Modiola caroliniana) bud Stiff Marsh Bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) Click beetle Golden-backed Snipe Fly

Mesh web weaver spider (Dictynidae family) Mesh web weaver spider (Dictynidae family).  Family ID thanks to Chad Heins. Maybe Dictyna calcarata. Long-legged fly March fly, Bibio Eastern Phoebe

Eurytomidae family wasp        

Durham, NC  4/20/20

Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica) Same Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica) Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) Another Tatarian Honeysuckle

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) bracts Assassin bug Beetle Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus) Blackjack Oak

Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinium) Male Eastern Bluebird Fleabane Frank's Sedge (Carex frankii) Golden-backed Snipe Fly

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Leafhopper (Exitianus exitiosis) Little Brown Jug flower (Hexastylis arifolia)

Little Brown Jug leaf Little Brown Jug flower and leaves Mock Strawberry (Duchesnia indica) Oak leaf Maple-leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Durham, NC  4/14/20

Spoonleaf Purple Everlasting (Gamochaeta purpurea) Stream Cruiser Male Zabulon Skipper Very young Goldenrod Spider Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Jumping spider (Peligrina proterva) Long-jawed orb weaver Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata) Pearl Crescent  

Durham, NC  4/13/20

Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinium) Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinium) Chairmaker's Rush Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) Forest Tent Caterpillar, which appeared in a creek and swam to shore

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Moth Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica) Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata)

Durham, NC  4/12/20

Checkered skipper Meadow Hawkweed Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Common Mouse Ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora).  An introduced plant

Post Oak (Quercus stellata) River Birch (Betula nigra) female catkins River Birch (Betula nigra) female and male catkins Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus)  

Mystery wildflowers Mystery wildflowers      

Durham, NC  Easter Sunday, 4/11/20

Artwork seen on our walking path, done by Samantha Everette Karl standing next to the artwork Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Hearts-a-bustin' buds American Hornbeam bracts Male Brown-headed Cowbird Female and male Brown-headed Cowbirds  

Durham, NC  4/10/20

Bee fly Meadow Hawkweed Post Oak? Same Post Oak? Purple Dead Nettle

Durham, NC  4/9/20

Bronze Jumper (Eris militaris), with Orchard Spider prey Same Bronze Jumper (Eris militaris), with Orchard Spider prey more visible Same Bronze Jumper, dorsal view Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre)  

Pearl Crescent (ventral view) Same Pearl Crescent Same Pearl Crescent Red Admiral Red-banded Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak Scarab beetle Silvery Checkerspot Same Silvery Checkerspot (dorsal view) Stickywilly (Galium aparine)

Spoonleaf Purple Everlasting (Gamochaeta purpurea) Warty Spurge (Euphorbium spathulatum) flowers.  The male in the middle has pink flowers; the two females has yellow flowers. Woodcroft Fairies    

Black scavenger fly (Sepsis punctum). Family ID thanks to John F. Carr. Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) Same Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) Bulbous Buttercups (Ranunculus bulbosus) Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinium)

Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Another Chipping Sparrow Cornsalad

Crane fly Northern Cricket Frog Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)    

Durham, NC  4/7/20

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Another Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia)  

Flower fly Grass Allegheny Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum) Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus uncinatus) Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum)

Same jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Orb weaver with aphid prey and a mite Same orb weaver with aphid prey and a mite (Whirligig  Mite (Anystis baccarum) Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata) male flower and two female ones Same Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata)

Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata)        

Durham, NC  4/6/20

Tufted Titmouse Hawkweed Mystery insects    

Durham, NC  4/5/20

Ants with moth prey Barklouse on a bract Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) Northern Cricket Frog Fraser's "Red Tip" Photinia

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) flower Japanese Mazus (Mazus pumilus) Longhorn beetle (Xylotrechus schaefferi) Same onghorn beetle (Xylotrechus schaefferi) Spider

Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle        

Durham, NC  4/4/20

Male Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Male Northern Cardinal Spined Assassin Bug  

Crane fly Orchard Spider Little Periwinkle (Vinca minor) Fraser's ("Red Tip") Photinia (Photinia x fraseri)  

Ground Spider (Drassyllus genus) Spined Assassin Bug Wildflower Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Yellow Jacket

Chinese Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum)      

Durham, NC  4/3/20

Big Periwinkle (Vinca major), with six petals American Robin Thorny vine with buds and one flower    

White Clover Aphids in a Warty Spurge Crane flies flying over a pond    

Flower fly Moth Allegheny Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum)    

Durham, NC  4/2/20

Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica) Female Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata) Bowl-and-doily Spider (Frontinella communis)    

Common Baskettail Male Eastern Bluebird Same male Eastern Bluebird Orchard Spider  

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) flowers Yellow Poplar Weevil Same Yellow Poplar Weevil Same Yellow Poplar Weevil Mating crane flies

Durham, NC  4/1/20

Beaked Cornsalad Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) Same Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) Box Elder seed pods Bracts on American Hornbeam

Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Leaves and catkins of unknown tree Leaves and catkins of another unknown tree Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)  

Fungi Catkins and leaves of Blackjack Oak Female catkin of River Birch (Betula nigra) Male catkin of River Birch (Betula nigra) Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) flowers


American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) with bracts American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) with bracts Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata)    


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