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March 2007

Durham, NC  3/31/07

Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Durham, 3/31/07 Northern Cricket Frog, Durham, 3/31/07. Northern Cricket Frog, Durham, 3/31/07. Ground beetle, Durham, NC, 3/31/07

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  3/31/07

Mystery dragonfly, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC Orb weaver (Mangora placida), Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC   3/30/07

I think these are flower flies.  Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Orb weaver (probably Mangora genus), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Male Falcate Orangetip, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Flower fly (Toxomerus marginatus), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Megachilid bee, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07

 

Mystery dragonfly, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Dance Fly (family Empididae), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Lancet Clubtail, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07 Young adult Blue Corporal, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07

 

Mayfly, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/30/07

Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, NC   3/27/07

These photos were taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.

Eastern Tailed Blue, Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, NC, 3/27/07 Green Anole, Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, NC, 3/27/07 Millipede, Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, NC, 3/27/07

Indian Creek Wildlife Observation Trail, Chatham County, NC   3/25/07

Common Shore Tiger Beetle, Indian Creek Wildlife Observation Trail, Chatham County, NC, 3/25/07 Falcate Orangetip, Indian Creek Wildlife Observation Trail, Chatham County, NC, 3/25/07.  Note the plant it's visiting, with its white flower and spade-shaped leaves. Whirligig Beetle, Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC, 3/25/07.  There were about a hundred such beetles in a group on the lake near the shore. Orchard Spider, Indian Creek Wildlife Observation Trail, Chatham County, NC, 3/25/07

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC   3/24/07

Adult male Eastern Fence Lizard, Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 3/24/07.  This lizard was actually more vertical than horizontal, standing at the base of a pine tree.  Note the characteristic breeding male blue belly.

Durham, NC   3/21/07

Red-banded Hairstreak, Durham, NC  3/21/07 Red-banded Hairstreak, Durham, NC   3/21/07, later that day and half a mile away.

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   3/20/07

Red-eared Sliders, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC, 3/20/07

Duke Forest, Korstian Division, Orange County, NC  3/15/07

Eyed Toad Bug, Duke Forest, Korstian Division, Orange County, NC, 3/15/07 Bess Beetle,  Duke Forest, Korstian Division, Orange County, NC, 3/15/07 Large Bee Fly, Duke Forest, Korstian Division, Orange County, NC, 3/15/07 Solitary bee (Andrenidae family), Duke Forest, Korstian Division, Orange County, NC, 3/15/07.  Note all those pollen-gathering hairs!

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  3/14/07

Juvenal's Duskywing, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC,  3/14/07 Question Mark, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 3/14/07.  You can see the white "question mark" pattern in the middle of the hind wing (actually, a backwards "c" and a dot under it).  You can also see the dorsal side pattern of the wings in the picture on the right because the butterfly opened its wings.

Eno River State Park, Orange and Durham Counties, 3/13/07

Tachinid Fly, Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, 3/13/07 Another Tachinid Fly, same general area Spring Azure, Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, 3/13/07 River Cooter, Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, Orange County, NC, 3/13/07.  Here you can see the feet in detail.

Durham, NC   3/9/07

It was a real treat to see hundreds of plasterer bees finding their way to new nests, all in holes in the ground under the same patch of mulch along a walking path.

Ground Beetle (genus Bembidion).  This copper-colored beetle was about inch long. Durham, NC Plasterer Bee (Colletes thoracicus), Durham, NC, 3/9/07.  This bee wandered onto the asphalt path, apparently unable to fly because of what seemed to be clay on its thorax.

 

Mystery worm, Durham, NC, 3/9/07.  It moved by alternately moving its head and tail together and apart.