Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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August 2012

This was a very mild month, the coolest I can remember here.  The third brood of butterflies arrived; Painted Ladies outnumbered the others by far.  On the downside, the Jordan Lake mudflats barely appeared.

Durham, NC  8/31/12

Painted Lady Male American Goldfinch Margined Leatherwing Beetle Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle  

Fort Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  8/29/12

Megachilid bee on Sea Oxeye Daisy Queen Sabatia stellaris Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage Salt Marsh Skipper

View of inner marsh from the sandy stretch of the Basin Trail Female Seaside Dragonlet Purslane Mystery vine  

Adult White Ibises Subadult White Ibises Male-like female, male Seaside Dragonlet in post-mating position    

Female Brackish-water Fiddler Crab Male Brackish-water Fiddler Crab Great Egret in flight Subadult Boat-tailed Grackle  

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 8/29/12

Four-spotted Pennant Passionflower Sagittaria genus Blue Swede  

Cloudless Sulphur Bottlebrush flower Firewheel Grass  

Subadult House Sparrow Sea Oats Tread Softly Yellowbelly Slider  

Virgin's Bower Carolina Lake Rambur's Forktail Palm fruits  

Fort Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  8/27/12

Robber fly Sand Fiddler Crab Bee fly Firewheels  

Male Seaside Dragonlet Willet Immature Sand Fiddler starting to enter a hole (already occupied by a mature one) Gull  

Firewheels, yellow variety Sky      

Durham, NC  8/26/12

Green Treefrog Flower fly Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Horsenettle flowers and buds  

Little Glassywing on smartweed Jumping spider Japanese Mazus Long-legged fly Jumping spider (Phidippus clarus). 

Two-lined Froghopper Mystery wildflower Carolina Satyr Little Glassywing Another Little Glassywing

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC  8/23/12

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Cloudless Sulphur St. Andrew's Cross Dion Skipper  

Part of beaver skull (upside down) Beaver backbone Beaver pelvi, another bone    

Carolina Satyr Spiny Orb Weaver (Micrathena gracilis) The lakefront Water Boatman  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/23/12

Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Great Lobelia, with a springtail Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum)    

Durham, NC  8/22/12

Monarch Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (dorsal view)  Same Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (ventral view) Flower fly Marsh fly

Male soldier fly (Microchrysa polita) Unusually pale Tall Ironweed Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Monarch Arabesque Orb Weaver

American Lady White Dogbane Moth      

Durham, NC  8/21/12

Orb weaver Wolf spider with egg sac Leatherwing beetle A green roof on a Chapel Hill Tire Co. office  

Durham, NC  8/18/12

Female soldier fly (maybe Microchrysa polita).  Tentative ID thanks to Shannon Donavan. Crape Myrtle flower Two-lined Froghopper Yellow-and-black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), in an unusually small web for its size Red-spotted Purple

Subadult Five-lined Skink Fiery Skipper      

Durham, NC  8/17/12

Slaty Skimmer Bug, subfamily Rhopalinae Recent metamorph Blue Dasher Bumblebee, perhaps a spider attack victim  

Yellow-and-black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) March fly Wingstem    

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  8/15/12

Northern Pearly Eye Silvery Checkerspot Robber fly Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver  

Virginia Hover Fly Small Milkweed Bug on Dogbane Micrathena gracilis Millipede (Sigmoria aberrans)  

Pink Muhly Grass Carolina Satyr False Dandelion Fowler's Toad Male Calico Pennant

Durham, NC  8/14/12

Female Imperial Moth        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/12/12

Red Admiral Slaty Skimmer Rove beetle Green Lynx Spider on Tall Ironweed  

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  8/12/12

Sabatia angularis Wolf spider carrying spiderlings Partridge Pea Horse Nettle Crab spider on Heal-All

Bee Red Admiral Silvery Checkerspot Bee fly Meadow beauty

Durham, NC  8/10/12

Worm Snake, which I found in the street.  It moved just like an earthworm and was the same size. Common Whitetail      

Durham, NC  8/9/12

Marbled Orb Weaver Snout moth (Colomychus talis) Snout moth    

Third Fork Trail, Durham, NC  8/6/12

Yellow-and-black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) Leafhopper      

Third Fork Trail, Durham, NC  8/5/12

Blue Dasher Humpbacked Orb Weaver Cardinal Flowers Hibiscus, planted along trail  

Jumping spider (Phidippus genus), very small Same jumping spider Big mushrooms A robber fly that had been lying on a sidewalk  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/3/12

Green lacewing larva Pipevine Swallowtail Black form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Sleeping bumblebee  

Tanawha Trail, Avery County, NC  8/3/12

Red Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua obliqua) Monkshood Angelica
Umbrellaleaf Umbrellaleaf and Red Bergamot

Grandfather Mountain        

Tanawha Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway, Avery County, NC  8/2/12

Blue Ridge Mountains Crab spider, probably Mecaphesa asperata Green Stink Bug nymph Pipevine Swallowtail Another Pipevine Swallowtail

Orchard Spider Orb weaver Red Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) Dark-eyed Junco  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/2/12

Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) Sweat bee on a mint plant Eastern Tiger Swallowtail? Aprodite Fritillary Tiny crab spider on a small aster

Gray Hairstreak on an aster        

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/1/12

Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) on aster Hornet on Queen Anne's Lace Male American Goldfinch Crown Vetch Female Sachem

Painted Lady Pipevine Swallowtails in competition Trumpet Creeper Weeping Willow Smaller Weeping Willow

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