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December 2012

Durham, NC  12/30/12

Tiny male orb weaver (Araneus miniatus)          

Durham, NC  12/28/12

Twenty-three Black Vultures        

Durham, NC  12/25/12

Fall Cankerworm Moth, one of many        

Durham, NC  12/19/12

Flea beetle (Dibolia genus)        

Durham, NC  12/18/12

Aphids interacting Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Aphid molting Crab spider (Tmarus genus) False Black Widow spiderling

Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) Spirobolid millipede Aphid    

Durham, NC  12/16/12

Turkey Vulture A neighborhood cat      

Durham, NC  12/14/12

Oak Treehopper (Platycotis vittata), the dark variety Marsh fly, a composite of three images via focus stacking      

Durham, NC  12/13/12

A Brown Snake I found lying coiled up on the trail.  It quickly became lively when I picked it up. Another view of the Brown Snake Barred Owl    

Durham, NC  12/11/12

Two Eastern Gray Squirrels They started out in a large oak tree, But started looking for greener pastures: Next to the birdfeeder was more romantic. There's just no accounting for tastes, I guess!

Then there were some promising moves, but the squirrels couldn't help noticing me, even though I was a dark room on the other side of a door with a distorted glass plate. They starting preening like crazy, hoping to discourage me (like birds), which makes no sense to me. But there were a few hopeful moments before the one squirrel took off.  

Durham, NC  12/7/12

Fly Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle, with aphid wing Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle pupa, somewhat the worse for wear Bowl-and-doily Spider False Black Widow spiderling

Jumping spider Aphid Another aphid Fly  

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  12/4/12

Eastern Buckmoth (Hemileuca maia), forewing showing Eastern Buckmoth (Hemileuca maia), hind wing showing Buck moth (Hemileuca maia), with an apparent wing development problem.  It may be a fresh metamorph, but the wings did not seem to be wet. Turkey Oaks A small Turkey Oak

This sign's placement (on the bank of the Cape Fear River) gives some indication of sand movement, perhaps largely as a result of Hurricane Sandy in late October.        

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/3/12

Shield-backed Pineseed Bug Gulf Fritillary Mating bees on a Firewheel An unusual Firewheel A cedar tree

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/3/12

Sanderling Ruddy Turnstone Double-crested Cormorants migrating south    

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/2/12

Unidentified Sparrow, probably a Song Sparrow Song Sparrow Ring-billed Gulls Spider wasp  

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/2/12

Female and male Lesser Scaups Marsh grass and reflections Ring-billed Gull Male Long-tailed Duck in breeding plumage  

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/2/12

Rosebush with hips Common Starlings More Common Starlings House Sparrows  

Durham, NC 12/1/12

Multi-colored Asian Ladybug Beetle Stink bug (probably Euschistus genus) Young raccoon that came to visit the birdfeeders late at night Young raccooms leaving the birdfeeder area  

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