Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


   Archived by-Date Pages

January 2013

Pine Siskins arrived, and so did the first flowers of spring and lots of wonderful spiders (including a new species).

Durham, NC  1/31/13

American Robin Male Eastern Bluebird Another Eastern Bluebird    

Mason Farm Biological Preserve, Orange County, NC, 1/29/13

This was an exceptionally warm day, with temperatures rising above 70° F.  It was sunny and generally ideal.

Speedwell Purple Dead-nettle      

Durham, NC  1/29/13

Orb weaver (Araneus miniatus)        

Durham, NC  1/27/13

Pine Siskin Eastern Gray Squirrel      

Durham, NC  1/26/13

It had snowed the previous night.  Although temperatures eventually got up in the low 40s F, the deck was in the shade and the snow remained for a while.

Female Northern Cardinal White-breasted Nuthatch Yellow-rumped Warbler on the snowy deck American Goldfinch  

Tufted Titmouse Carolina Wren      

Durham, NC  1/24/13

Female Downy Woodpecker Male Downy Woodpecker      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/23/13

Bowl-and-doily Spider Juvenile (early instar?) Orchard Spider.  ID thanks to John and Jane Balaban.  This page suggests it might be a male: Orchard spider juvenile photo. Running crab spider    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/21/13

Flower fly Wolf spider (Pirata genus). ID thanks to  Laura P. and John and Jane Balaban       

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/20/13

Ichneumon wasp        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/19/13

Female orb weaver (Araneus miniatus).  I saw a male of this species on 12/30/12.        

Durham, NC  1/15/13

White-throated Sparrow        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/14/13

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Probably a Lauxaniid fly Mite (Penthaleus genus) on clover leaves.  It has been magnified several times.  ID thanks to Heather Proctor. Jumping spider (Salticus scenicus or Paraphidippus aurantius) True bug  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/13/13

Jumping spider, Hentzia mitrata Aphid Same aphid from another angle (and with another aphid) Green lacewing larva (you can see three legs) Same green lacewing larva, seen from above

Mangora genus orb weaver        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/12/13

Wolf spider Millipede      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  1/10/13

Male Red Maple flowers A pond with a thin oily layer on top Ghost spider (Anyphaenidae family), 1/10/13 Corinnid spider  

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle        

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Moore County, NC  1/9/13

Oak Treehopper (dark type) Aphid Dark-eyed Junco Spider wasp (5 mm long)  

Southern Pines downtown, Moore County, NC  1/9/13

American Lady on a Camellia flower        

Durham, NC  1/8/13

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC 1/5/13

Male Eastern Bluebird Male running crab spider, maybe Ebo genus Wolf spider    

Durham, NC  1/4/13

Northern Flicker Same Northern Flicker Crab spider (Synema parvulum), Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC, 1/4/13 Bowl-and-doily Spider, Third Fork Creek Trail  

Ichenumon wasp Yellow Jacket    

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