Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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August 2011

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  8/31/11

Relatively large Jumping spider Orange Holomelina Moth (Virbia aurantiaca) Orb weaver (Micrathena mitrata) Sleepy Orange Triangulate Orb Weaver

Mayfly, very small, possibly Epeorus fragilis Flower longhorn beetle on goldenrod, accompanied by a much small beetle Fowler's Toad, trying to hide    

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  8/30/11

Ailanthus Webworm Moth Snowberry Clearwing Moth Horace's Duskwying Spider wasp  

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua speciosa) Stokes' Aster Snowberry Clearwing Moth on phlox flowers Jack-in-the-Pulpit fruits  

Monk's Hood, a members of the Aconitum genus,  Ranunculaceae family Another view of the Monk's Hood flowers on the left      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/29/11

Mating Dog-day Cicadas Ground beetle Picture-winged Fly (Delphinia picta)    

Durham, NC  8/26/11

Tiny fly on paper: you can see the individual fibers.        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/25/11

Viceroy Jumping spider Ichneumon wasp Spiny Oakworm Moth caterpillar  

Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, NC  8/24/11

Eastern Fence Lizard, only 2 inches long White-tailed Deer Ichneumon wasp Spider wasp? Fungus weevil

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC  8/23/11

Rove beetle (Creophilus maxillosus), found on an outdoor trash receptacle Common Buckeye, on fallen apples, in Old Salem Sachem on Celosia in Old Salem Large squash, with grasshopper, in Old Salem Sunflower Bee on Black-eyed Susan

View from inside the Mellow Mushroom, downtown Winston-Salem Downtown Middle School mural      

American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC  8/21/11

Ironweed Passionflower, unfolding Trumpet Creeper A pink variety of Lespedeza (Lespedeza virginica) Lespedeza sericea

Durham, NC  8/21/11

Muscadine grapes Shining leaf beetle Seedbox  

Durham, NC  8/20/11

"Snout" moth Another view of the "snout" moth

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  8/19/11

Caterpillar Wolf spiderlings Triangulate Orb Weaver Eastern Box Turtle Asiatic Dayflower

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/18/11

Spider wasp Stink bug nymph Velvet mite Tiny jumping spider Colorful leaf

Durham, NC  8/18/11

Juvenile Five-lined Skink        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  8/18/11

Appalachian Brown Asiatic Dayflower Male Zabulon Skipper Maryland Senna (Senna marilandica)  

Virginia Meadow Beauty Silvery Checkerspot Silvery Checkerspot    

Durham, NC  8/17/11

Scarab beetle, about an inch long Same Scarab beetle, lighted by flash Leafhopper (Ponana punticollis, subfamily Gyponinae) Caterpillar, Galgula partita, a Noctuid species.  It is described in this article: Godfrey (1981).  

Durham, NC  8/15/11

Ironweed, the only such plant on the Third Fork Creek Trail Sycamore flowers and leaves Sycamore fruit and leaves    

Carolina Beach, NC  8/12/11

Carolina Beach: looking at approaching thunderclouds  

Fort Fisher Basin Trail, New Hanover County, NC  8/12/11

White Ibises.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk. White Ibis landing White Ibis in flight White Ibis in the marsh  

Spider wasp Will Cook and Harry LeGrand agree that this is a Salt Marsh Skipper.  The clincher was behavior: it feeds on marsh grass, close to the ground.  Compare Jeff Pippen's 2008 Salt Marsh Skipper photo Tumbling flower beetle Seaside Dragonlet  


Sabatia stellaris Sea Ox-eye Daisy Flower fly (Pseudodoros clavatus) on an Asiatic Dayflower Bee fly (Exoprosopa fascipennis) Brackish-water Fiddler Crab
Sawfly (Arge humeralis) Same Arge humeralis Flea beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis)     

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  8/12/11

Phaon Crescent Unusual Firewheel Common Buckeye Horace's Duskywing Assassin bug (Zelus genus?)

Spotted Bee-balm (Monarda punctata) Tread-softly Red-banded Hairstreak    

Fort Fisher Basin Trail, New Hanover County, NC  8/11/11

Juvenile White Ibis and adult Great Egret sharing cedar tree Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron Sanderlings (20)    

Great Egret Great Egret in flight Seaside Dragonlet  

Brackish-water Fiddler Crab #1 Brackish-water Fiddler Crab #2 Brackish-water Fiddler Crab #3    

Fort Fisher: Battery Buchanan, New Hanover County, NC  8/10/11

Sand Fiddler Crab Brackish-water Fiddler Crab      

Fort Fisher: Battle Acre, New Hanover County, NC  8/10/11

Horace's Duskywing Pennywort Typical Firewheels Pink Firewheels  

Durham, NC  8/8/11

Darkling beetle (Alobates pennsylvanica), with tiny fly Little Glassywing Male Great Blue Skimmer, somewhat faded Male Sachem on smartweed  

Mock Strawberry        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/7/11

False Bombardier Beetle (Galerita genus) larva, moving very fast. Question Mark      

Flat River Impoundment, Durham County, NC  8/5/11

Bumble Bee on thistle Sleepy Orange Scolia nobilitata wasp Spicebush Swallowtail  

Clouded Skipper Mullein (Verbascum genus) Teneral male Common Whitetail. These have always been much less common than their female counterparts. Male American Goldfinch among Common Sneezeweed Great Blue Skimmer

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/3/11

Slavemaking ants (Formica subintegra).  One was apparently trying to carry two captives and dropped them. One of the fellow slavemaking ants that briefly dropped by and gave up trying to help      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  8/2/11

Northern Pearly Eye #1 Northern Pearly Eye #2 Skippers on Swamp Milkweed Female or teneral Widow Skimmer  

Male Zabulon Skipper #1 Male Zabulon Skipper #2 Flatid planthopper Little Glassywing and male Sachem on Swamp Milkweed  

Durham, NC  8/1/11

Beautiful Wood Nymph.  Photo taken at night.        

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