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May 2015

Durham, NC  5/31/15

Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea) Tarnished Plant Bug nymph sipping nectar from a Black-eyed Susan flower Large Milkweed Bug  

Durham, NC  5/30/15

Jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) Jumping spider (Maevia inclemens) Ebony Jewelwing Leafhopper and velvet mite Weevil

Leafhopper Running crab spider      

Durham, NC  5/29/15

Monarch Caterpillar eating Common Milkweed leaf Large dandelion seedhead Teneral male Common Whitetail Yellow Nutsedge Moth (Diploschizia impigritella), Durham, NC, 5/29/15.  ID thanks to Aaron Hunt. Weevil

Rabbit Common Buckeye Orchard Spider Crab spider Tarnished Plant Bug nymph  

Eastern Tailed Blue Male Eastern Bluebird Male Long-jawed Orb Weaver Lacewing larva Weevil (Lixus concavus)

Crab spider with prey Woolly aphid Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Tachinid fly? Aphid

Durham, NC  5/28/15

Juvie Hairy Woodpecker      

Durham, NC  5/27/15

Appalachian Brown, one of two that I saw Male Common Whitetail Damselfly Moth Paper wasp

Durham, NC  5/26/15

Silver-spotted Skipper        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  5/24/15

Skimmer American Lady Checkered skipper Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Crab spider

Durham, NC  5/23/15

Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed Smooth Flower Spider (Misumenoides formosipes) Jumping spider (Maevia inclemens) Tarnished Plant Bug on Daisy Fleabane Question Mark

Spined Assassin Bug nymph Same nymph, with aphid prey Same nymph and aphid  

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, Durham County, 5/22/15

Mourning Cloak Juniper Hairstreak Crab spider with Tarnished Plant Bug prey and flies American Lady Rhopalid plant bug

Crown Vetch Flower fly (Orthonevra nitida) Fowler's Toad Great Spangled Fritillary Same Great Spangled Fritillary

Toad bug Toad bug Tumbling flower beetle Tarnished Plant Bugs Viceroy

Scarab beetle Billbug Rabbit's Foot Clover (Trifolium arvense) Wasp (Scolia nobilitata) Moth

Zebra Swallowtail A vanishing species in this area: the officially "invasive" Oxeye Daisy.      

Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  5/20/15

Female Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver Male Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver Variegated Fritillary Clay-colored Leaf Beetle (Anomoea laticlavia) Pennsylvania leatherwing  

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  5/20/15

Bee, maybe Ceratina genus Grasshopper nymph and bee on Oxeye Daisy    

Raulson Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  5/20/15

Cabbage White Mystery flowers Dragonfly nymph exuvia Same exuvia Prickly Pear flower      

Durham, NC  5/19/15

Jumping spider (male Paraphidippus aurantius) First-instar stink bug nymphs and eggs Picture-winged fly Bug nymph on a Daisy Fleabane flower Yellowbelly Slider

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC  5/18/15

Mountain Laurel Male Blue Corporal Male Calico Pennant Lauxaniid fly Spring Azures

Little Glassywing Question Mark Another Question Mark Robber fly  

Durham, NC  5/17/15

Kuwana's Ladybug Beetle (Chilocorus  kuwanae) Same Kuwana's Ladybug Beetle Inch-long mantid nymph with cricket prey Jumping spider (maybe male Hentzia palmarum) Slug

Mantid with cricket prey Fly Firefly beetle (Photinus genus) Virginia Creeper Sphinx moth (Darapsa myron)  

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  5/16/15

Orchard Spider Little carpenter bee (Ceratina genus, Zadontomerus subgenus). ID thanks to John S. Ascher.

Durham, NC  5/15/15

Antmimic spider (Castianeira longipalpa) Ebony Jewelwing Same Ebony Jewelwing Golden-backed Snipe Fly Male midge, apparently damaged

Durham, NC  5/14/15

Tarnished Plant Bug Ladybug beetle (Cycloneda genus) Leatherwing beetle Moth  

Durham, NC  5/13/15

American Snout Leafhopper Crab spider Scorpion fly  

Durham, NC  5/12/15

Mating weevils, Lixus concavus Stink bug nymph Coreopsis    

Abbotts Lagoon, Port Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, CA  5/10/15

White-Crowned Sparrow singing Another White-Crowned Sparrow foraging Same White-Crowned Sparrow White Pelican Blooming Ice Plant

Male California Quail Great Egret Tiny beetle on sand Mating beetles on a California Poppy. Because of a bug in Expression Web, the link to the large picture is broken. A fly on a California Poppy

Dung fly (Scathophaga genus)        

Mt. Diablo State Park, Clayton, Contra Costa County, CA  5/8/15

Spotted Cucumber Beetle Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus) Another Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus) Buprestid beetle California Ringlet

Northern Checkerspot Umber Skipper (Poanes melana)      

John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, Contra Costa County, CA  5/8/15

Western Fence Lizard        

Lake Lagunitas, Marin County, CA  5/7/15

Acorn Woodpecker flying Acorn Woodpeckers A chickadee, or something like it Raven Larkspur (Delphinium genus)

Stonecrop Sunflowers Sticky Monkey-flowers (Diplacus aurantiacus)    

Durham, NC  5/5/15

Ground Skink Mourning Cloak caterpillar Wolf spider, Schizocosa genus    

Beetle Tiny spider (Antmimic family?) Jumping spider (Phidippus habronattus)    

Durham, NC  5/4/15

Red-banded Hairstreak Bee fly Spiderlings Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Same Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Durham, NC  5/2/15

Female Eastern Bluebird Female Brown-headed Cowbird Golden-backed Snipe Fly    

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