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July 2020

Durham, NC  7/31/20

Swamp Milkweed Beetles Ambush bug nymph Same ambush bug nymph Same ambush bug nymph American Black Elderberry

Brazilian Verbena Tiny bug on Horseweed bud Common Wingstem Female Great Blue Skimmer American Hophornbeam

Carolina Horsenettle fruits Horseweed seedhead Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Switchgrass Web

Durham, NC  7/30/20

Planthopper (Rhynchomitra microrhina) Swamp Milkweed Beetle Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) Joe-Pye-Weed  

Durham, NC  7/28/20

Ambush bug nymph Arabesque Orb Weaver Same Arabesque Orb Weaver Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Jumping spider

Sand wasp (Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus) facing toward nest        

Durham, NC  7/27/20

Male Great Blue Skimmer        

Durham, NC  7/26/20

Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Mimulus alatus) Marbled Orb Weaver False Crocus Geometer Moth  (Xanthotype urticaria)    

Durham, NC  7/25/20

Goldenrod Ambush bug nymph Juvie Brown Thrasher Same juvie Brown Thrasher Same juvie Brown Thrasher

Creeping Cucumber Fruit and leaf Another Creeping Cucumber fruit, with a mystery animal's bite taken out of it Eastern Tailed-blue Female Fiery Skipper Male Fiery Skipper

Horseweed Silktree seedpods Virginia Spiderwort Yerba de tajo  

Durham, NC  7/22/20

Joe-Pye-Weed American Bladdernut ( Staphylea trifolia) fruits, with fused calyx (epicalyx) More American Bladdernut ( Staphylea trifolia) fruits More American Bladdernut ( Staphylea trifolia) fruits.  ID thanks to Christa Ruehs, who recognized the European species. Beetle


Cicada Killer Common Nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum) Field Cricket Fly Tachinid fly


Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Another glassy-winged Sharpshooter My local Durham marsh Swamp Smartweed (Persicaria hyperpeperoides) Common Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Durham, NC  7/20/20

Ambush bug nymph Checkered beetle (Enoclerus rosmarus) Male Fiery Skipper Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Durham, NC  7/19/20

Leafhopper nymph Planthopper (Rhynchomitra microrhina) Red-headed Bush Cricket Spirobolid millipede Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Blue Dasher Juvie Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Same male Northern Cardinal Dusky Ladybug Beetle

Ebony Bug Mystery eggs Green lacewing larva Katydid nymph Goldenrod

Durham, NC  7/17/20

Appalachian Brown Another Appalachian Brown Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis) Female Great Blue Skimmer Clearwing moth, maybe a Dogwood Borer (Synanthedon scitula)

Hollow-stem Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum) buds and flowers Another Hollow-stem Joe Pye Weed buds New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) St. Andrews' Cross, with bee and barklouse Another St. Andrews' Cross, with bee

Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)        

Durham, NC  7/16/20

Striped Lynx Spider Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Joe Pye Weed Spotted Ladybug Beetle Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Female Great Blue Skimmer Broad-shouldered Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona) Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruits Mystery fruit tree, probably an introduced species Lauxaniid fly

Blooming sedge Mystery wasp      

Durham, NC  7/15/20

Long-legged fly with blood-filled Gallinipper prey Mystery moth Hentz Orb Weaver (Neoscona crucifera) Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia) Sedge in bloom

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) fruits Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) inflorescence Faded Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) inflorescence Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruit  

Durham, NC  7/14/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Billbug Boxelder samaras Carolina Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) Flat-footed fly

Fly Froghopper Gallinipper American Hophornbeam Joe Pye Weed


Leaf-footed bug nymph Lights out front Hentz Orb Weaver Derbid planthopper (Mysidia mississippiensis) Planthopper parasite moth caterpillar


Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Common St. John's Wort Web Worm Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Durham, NC  7/13/20

Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia) Mosquito larva Tadpole (front view)


Gray Catbird Cryptocephalid beetle larva      

Durham, NC  7/12/20

Black-eyed Susan: two views Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Red-headed Bush Cricket Trumpet Creeper bud Basilica Spider

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Egg mass False Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) Sepal of a Black-eyed Susan  

Durham, NC  7/11/20

Ambush bug nymph Aphid Mating Cocklebur Weevils Same ating Cocklebur Weevils Creeping Cucumber fruit

Creeping Cucumber leaf and flower Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) More Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Elongate springtails Katydid nymph

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter nymph Ragweed Leaf Beetle (Zygogramma suturalis) Seed Violet Dancer Mystery white stuff

Durham, NC  7/10/20

Lace bug Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva and aphid

Durham, NC  7/9/20

Tiny leaf beetle Another tiny leaf beetle Broad-nosed weevil Buffalo Treehopper Green Lynx Spider


Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph Spotted Jewelweed Spotted Ladybug Beetle Striped Lynx Spider Ambush bug nymph


Durham, NC  7/8/20

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) Same Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum)    

Same Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) Katydid nymph Least Skipper Long-legged fly  

Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica) Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) Ambush bug nymph Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

Click beetle Crayfish hole      

Durham, NC  7/7/20

Brown Stink Bug Ground Skink Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)    

Durham, NC  7/6/20

Blue form Citrine Forktail female Froghopper (Clastroptera genus) Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum) Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum) Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Mantis exuvia Flat-footed fly (Melanderomyia genus, Platypezidae family) Pennsylvania Smartweed Smartweed

Treehopper (Entylia carinata) Trangulate Orb Weaver      

Durham, NC  7/4/20

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) leaves, flower, and fruit Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) flower and fruit Another Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) flower and fruit Another Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) flower and fruit Eastern Tailed-blue

Fiddle Dock Field Madder American Hophornbeam (Ostrya americana) Mock Strawberry (Duchesna indica) Weevil

Ambush bug nymph Bowl-and-doily Spider Mystery bush Same mystery bush fruit and leaves  

Chloropid fly Crabgrass      

Durham, NC  7/3/20

Cocklebur Weevil Female Common Whitetail Another type of crabgrass    

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) Double Ditchlily, maybe a variety of Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva).  Gray Everlasting Green Lynx Spider Katydid nymph

Six-spotted Shining Leaf Beetle Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanica) Assassin bug    

Durham, NC  7/2/20

Eastern Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron anuus) seedhead Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) fruit Planthopper nymph Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) with aphid prey  

Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph Brown Stink Bug Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) inflorescence Aphids Crabgrass (Digitaria genus)

Cryptocephalid beetle larva Another cryptocephalid beetle larva Dusky Ladybug Beetle    

Durham, NC  7/1/20

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Crabgrass Gladiolus (ours) Jumping spider Pearl Crescent

Early-instar Tarnished Plant Bug nymph        


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