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May 2017


Durham, NC  5/31/17

Cixid planthopper Swamp Milkweed Beetle Two-lined Froghopper Tiny wasp Another tiny wasp


Whitefly Arabesque Orb Weaver Beetle (Leptinotarsa) larva Mating flower flies (Toxomerus genus) Flower longhorn beetle on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)


Grass flowers Leafhopper Lightning bug beetle in flight Same lightning bug beetle  


Lightning bug beetle Large Millweed Bugs mating Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris), with crab spider Planthopper Long-jawed orb weaver


Katydid nymph        

Durham, NC  5/30/17

Male Eastern Pondhawk, in transition from teneral to adult Purple Martin Rice Stink Bug


Durham, NC  5/29/17

Apple Maggots in a confrontation Eastern Tailed-blue Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Marsh fly Mite


Rambur's Forktail Spotted Cucumber Beetle Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/27/17

Variegated Fritillary on White Clover Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella) Ladies tresses orchid (Spiranthes lacera) Closer look at the same ladies tresses orchid Ladies tresses flower from side


Another ladies tresses orchid Close-up of a Ladies Tresses group of flowers, showing orange and yellow interiors A group of Ladies Tresses flowers from another plant, showing just a green-yellow interior Plant bug, seen on building exterior Same plant bug

Ocracoke Island (near beach), Hyde County, NC  5/27/17

Ruddy Turnstone, nearly in full breeding plumage Same Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling in breeding plumage Same Sanderling


Non-breeding Sanderling Breeding Willet Firewheels    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/26/17

Eurasian Collared Dove Artwork on a house Fort Ocracoke memorial plaque Seen at a business Killdeer


View across the North Pond Sanderlings flying across the North Pond Snowy Egret at the North Pond Sunset Sunset reflected in a window

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC  5/26/17

American Oystercatcher Same American Oystercatcher Washed-up blowfish Dredging channels Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle


Same Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle Same Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle Ferry arriving at Silver Lake Young Ghost Crab Blooming Largeleaf Pennyworts (Hydrocotyle bonariensis)


Sanderling Another Sanderling Sandspurs Seaweed A view of the shore


Spider wasp (in dunes)        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/25/17

Vine View of the marsh Ladies tresses orchid (Spiranthes genus) Fowler's Toad Figurine in front yard



Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/24/17

Male Northern Cardinal Feral cat (seen at old lighthouse) Fowler's Toad Male House Sparrow Female Mallard


Mandevilla Salt Marsh Mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica) Male Common Starling in breeding plumage    

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC  5/24/17

Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling in breeding plumage Common Tern Same Common Tern Same Common Tern


Brackish-water Fiddler Crab Tiny beetle in the dunes Damselfly Ghost Crab  


Jellyfish Royal Tern      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/22/17

A lone Laughing Gull at Silver Lake The gull issues several cries. Another view A second gull arrives. The courtship ritual begins.


The gull that came looks down. They're just brushing beaks here. Now the caller looks up. Purple Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea) vine Mourning Dove taking off.


Male Red-winged Blackbird Same male Red-winged Blackbird Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling, also in breeding plumage Juvie Gray Catbird


Barn Swallow Bike sculpture Feral cat Male Eastern Towhee (very early) Grass flowers


Gray Catbird Laughing Gulls and Herring Gulls compete for scraps tossed from a nearby restaurant Male House Sparrow    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Eurasian Collared Doves The USDA calls this a "rattlebox" (Sesbania punicea). It's a kind of locust tree, a member of the pea family (Fabaceae) and is native to South America.  It's considered to be invasive and a noxious weed in Florida and California, but North Carolina's chilly winters keep it in check. White-topped Sedge flower (Rhynchospora colorata)    

Pamlico Sound and Dredge Island, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Brown Pelicans on Dredge Island Another view of Brown Pelicans on Dredge Island More Brown Pelicans on Dredge Island    


Diving tern over Pamlico Sound. Probably a nonbreeding Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)        

Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Barn Swallow in flight Barn Swallow, also in flight Delaware Skipper Killdeer Same Killdeer


Killdeer Female Needham's Skimmer Palatka Skipper Female Seaside Dragonlet Perhaps teneral female Seaside Dragonlet


Male Seaside Skimmer, nearly adult Teneral male Seaside Skimmer Another teneral male Seaside Skimmer Male Seaside Skimmer, nearly adult Adult male Seaside Skimmer

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC  5/18/17

Ambush bug Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Syrphid fly (Toxomerus genus) Gray Hairstreak Long-jawed orb weaver


Tuberous Grasspink Orchid (Calpogon tuberosus) Smooth Coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) Virginia Spiderwort buds Wasp ovipositing Tiny wasp


Wasp with ovipositor Spider wasp visiting a pitcher plant. It actually went just inside it and came out. Watershield flower Same Watershield flower (Brasenia schreberi)  

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, northeastern Durham County, NC  5/16/17

Silvery Checkerspot Same Silvery Checkerspot Silvery Checkerspot Clay-colored Leaf Beetle (Anomoea laticlavia) Same Clay-colored Leaf Beetle (Anomoea laticlavia)


Jumping spider Same jumping spider Daisy Fowler's Toad  


Ashy Clubtail Crab spider Redbelly Water Snake American Lady    

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  5/15/17

Question Mark Red Admiral River Cooter Silvery Checkerspot Silvery Checkerspot


Sundrops Variegated Fritillary Wildflowers Male Zabulon Skipper Male Zabulon Skipper


Asters Teneral Blue Dasher Ebony Jewelwing Great Blue Skimmer Long-jawed orb weaver


Question Mark        

Durham, NC  5/14/17

Weevil (Lixus genus) playing dead Same weevil Rambur's Forktail    


Moth (Cosmopterix genus). ID thanks to Bob Biagi. Marsh fly Ladybug beetle larva exuvia Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Teneral Spangled Skimmer


Northern Cricket Frog Another Northern Cricket Frog Teneral Blue Dasher Male Northern Cardinal Same male Northern Cardinal

Durham, NC  5/10/17

Broad-headed bug (Alydus eurinus) Bug Male Northern Cardinal Grass flowers Jumping spider


Leafmining leaf beetle (Sumitrosis inaequalis) Mating beetles (Photinus genus) Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Stink bug nymph Stink bug nymph with aphid prey


Swamp Milkweed Beetle Thrip Treehopper (Entylia carinata) Twig or stem weevil (Cylindrocopturus quercus).  ID thanks to Blaine Mathison. Wheel Bug nymph


Weevil (Lixus genus) Same weevil Blue-eyed grass Fuzzy seeds on a branch Crab spider (Xysticus genus)


Grasshopper Ichneumon wasp Least Skipper Stink bug Stink bug nymph


Mating Swamp Milkweed Beetles Turkey Vulture Wheel Bug nymph Winged ants  

Durham, NC  5/9/17

Bee fly Southern Blue Flag (Iris virginica), seen in swampy area with many nonflowering iris plants Southern Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina carolinensis), showing vestigial eye Same Southern Short-tailed Shrew, showing foot Same Southern Short-tailed Shrew, showing everything but its furry tail


Same Southern Short-tailed Shrew        

Durham, NC  5/6/17

Bean Leaf Beetle (Cerotoma trifurcata) Another Bean Leaf Beetle (Cerotoma trifurcata). ID thanks to Brandon Woo. Teneral Blue Dasher Adult Blue Dasher Dayflying lightning bug beetle


Male Fiery Skipper on White Clover Mating flower flies (Toxomerus genus) Long-legged fly? (very tiny) Golden-backed Snipe Fly Ichneumon wasp


Jumping spider Same jumping spider Leaffooted bug Leafhopper nymph Same leafhopper nymph


Leafrolling moth (Olethreutes sericorana) Mating lightning bug beetles Moth Pickerelweed with male Fiery Skipper Issid planthopper nymph (Thionia simplex, maybe)


Shore bug (Salda lugubris), seen in a drainage conduit to a pond. ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Tiny spider Stink bug nymph Tachina fly Venus' Looking Glass


Yellow-collared Scape Moth Antmimic spider Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle    

Durham, NC  5/4/17

Appalachian Brown, with two damaged hind wings; this shows the left side. Here is the right side of the same Appalachian Brown. Golden-backed Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus)    

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  5/2/17

Ferries at Larkspur Landing        

Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, CA 5/1/17

California Quail Common Shore Tiger Beetle Another Common Shore Tiger Beetle pair, mating Male Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) Fly


Fly Another fly Pea Stream Bluet Stream Bluet pair


White-crowned Sparrow Another White-crowned Sparrow White-winged Scoter (in the Pacific Ocean) Beach Primrose (Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia)  


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