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Durham, NC   8/30/06 (mostly)

Garden Spider, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Barn Spider (Araneus genus), Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Orchard Spider, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Leaffooted Bug, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Stilt Bug, Durham, NC, 8/30/06

 

Cricket, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Yellow-collared Scape Moth, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Grasshopper, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Red-banded Hairstreak, Durham, NC, 8/30/06 Ichneumonid Wasp,  Durham, 8/28/06.  Very likely the same species as the wasp on the left.

NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC   8/28/06

NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06 NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06 Wheel Bug, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06 Eremnophila aureonotata, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06 Sawfly, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06

 

Tachinid Fly, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06

Duke University: Al Buehler Trail and Duke Forest (Gate 12), Durham, NC   8/23/06

Robber Fly with hornet prey, Duke Forest, Gate 12, Durham, 8/23/06 Same Robber Fly and hornet: note the hornet's stinger. Northern Cloudywing, Duke Forest, Gate 12, Durham, 8/23/06 Long-legged Fly with bee, Al Buehler Trail, Duke University, Durham, 8/23/06 Blue Swede, a European transplant domestic breed,  Al Buehler Trail, Duke University, Durham, 8/23/06

Durham, NC   8/2106

Gea heptagon, Durham, NC, 8/21/06 Stink bug, Durham, NC, 8/21/06.  Looks sort of like a Spined Soldier Bug, but perhaps somewhat emaciated.  The swamp habitat seems to change the appearance of stink bugs. Toxomerus genus flower flies, Durham, NC, 8/21/06

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC  8/19/06

Outdoors at the Museum

Female Eastern Amberwing, in obelisk position, in the grass beside the Quarry Trail, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06 Black Rat Snake, Quarry Trail, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06.  This snake remained motionless in this position while keeping on eye on me. Southern Broken-dash, just outside Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Spicebush Swallowtail, out front at the Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06 

 

Bee, out front at the Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06 

Magic Wings Butterfly House

Blue Morpho, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Mystery Heliconian, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Postman, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Nymphalid butterfly, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Mystery heliconian, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06  Tropical anglewing?  Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06 

 

Banded Orange, Magic Wings Butterfly House, Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC, 8/19/06 

Johnston Mill, Orange County, NC  8/18/06

Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata), Johnston Mill, Orange County, NC, 8/18/06 Cricket, Johnston Mill, Orange County, NC, 8/18/06 Spider, Johnston Mill, Orange County, NC, 8/18/06 Spider, Johnston Mill, Orange County, NC, 8/18/06

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  8/17/06

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06.  Surprising brownish color! Snowberry Clearwing Moth, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06. Six-spotted Fishing Spider, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06. Bee, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06. Southern Broken-Dash, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06.

 

Milkweed bug (species unknown), NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06. Same bug, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06. Grasshopper, NC Botanical Garden, 8/17/06.

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC   8/13/06

Jumping spider, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06 Pelecinid Wasp, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06 Orchard Spider, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06 Maybe a setwing, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06 Spined Micrathena, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06

 

Nursery Web Spider, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/13/06

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area   8/12/06

Mating Halloween Pennants, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06.  See other dragonflies. Pearl Crescent, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Green-margined Tiger Beetle (Epicauta pestifera),Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Robber fly, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Margined Blister Beetle (Epicauta pestifer, family Meloidea), Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06.  ID thanks to Lynette Schimming.

Durham, NC  8/11/06

Thread-legged bug, Durham, 8/11/06.  Taken at night. Leafhopper (Gyponana cacumina, subfamily Gyponinae), Durham, 8/11/06.  A large leafhopper, about half an inch long.  Taken at night. Beautiful Wood Nymph (Eudryas grata, subfamily Agarastinae), Durham, 8/11/06.  Taken at night.  See other moths.  ID thanks to Bob Moul, confirmed by Marshall (2006), p. 220.

Watauga County (Boone and Blowing Rock), NC  8/7-9/06

Praying Mantis, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06.  Was eating a Silver-spotted Skipper. Silver-spotted Skipper, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06 Dogbane Beetle, Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06 Female Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis), Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06 Green Stink Bug nymph, Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06

 

Male Wood Duck, non-breeding plumage, i.e., "in eclipse," Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Male Wood Duck, non-breeding plumage, i.e., "in eclipse," Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Wasp with leafhopper prey, Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Fly (Dialysis genus, Xylophagidae family), Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06.  ID thanks to Matt Bertone.

 

Female Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06 Male Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/9/06 Monarch, Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Another Monarch, same place and day. Orange SulphurMoses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06

 

Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona),  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Flower fly,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Black-and-white MothMoses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Pipevine Swallowtail,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Summer Azure,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06

 

Halictid bee,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Halictid bee,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Halictid bee,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Leafhopper,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Planthopper nymph,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06.  This little hopper was maybe ⅛ inch long.

 

It was rather large (an inch long), looked like a wolf spider and was acting like a crab spider.   Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Ichneumonid wasp, possibly subfamily Rhyssinae.  This wasp's ovipositor was easily six inches long.   Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Female Pearl Crescent,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 This Multi-colored Asian Beetle was trying to take off without success.   Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06 Yet another Multi-colored Asian Ladybug Beetle,  Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC, 8/8/06

 

Grasshopper, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/7/06 Mystery critter, probably a larva or nymph. Megachilid bee, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/7/06.  Note the pollen collected on the hind legs. Long-legged fly, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/7/06 Locust Borer, Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/7/06

Durham, NC   8/6/06

Birch Sawfly (Arge pectoralis, Argidae family), I would guess. Durham, 8/6/06 Jumping Spider Female Eastern Pondhawk Male Eastern Pondhawk Mystery fly.  This fly was hovering and jumped back every time I snapped a picture.  Alas, the camera has given it a bad case of un-fixable redeye.

 

Grasshopper, Durham, 8/6/06 Least Skipper.  There are just a few of them in my neighborhood marsh/swamp these days. Meliera genus picture-winged fly, Durham, 8/6/06 Maybe some kind of rhopalid bug, but I'm not betting on it.  Durham, 8/6/06.  Found in my neighorhood marsh on a cattail leaf.

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access  8/5/06

Mystery Spider, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  8/5/06 Casebearer beetle larva, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  8/5/06 Bush Cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus, Trigonidiinae subfamily, Trigonidiidae family, Ensifera suborder), Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  8/5/06

 

Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  8/5/06 Maybe a Crossline Skipper, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  8/5/06

Durham, NC  8/1-5/06

Thread-legged bug (Emesinae subfamily), Durham, 8/1/06.  ID thanks to Lynette E. Schimming.  It looks as thought it has forelegs on its head, but that's because most assassin bugs have tiny heads. This photo was taken at night. Pale Tussock Moth (Halisidota tessellarus, tribe Phaegopterini, subfamily Arctiinae), 8/4/06 Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis, subfamily Ceratocampinae), Durham, 8/4/06 Moth, Durham, 8/1/06 (night) Tortricid Moth, Durham, 8/1/06 (night)

 

Millipede, Durham, 8/4/06

© 2006 Dorothy E. Pugh

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