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November 2012

A cold spell that began in late October as a result of Hurricane Sandy persisted through this month with just two or three exceptional days.  Insects took a beating, some (especially Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetles) showing striking changes in appearance.  On the other hand, spiders seemed basically unaffected.  All the leaves were brown and/or off the trees by Thanksgiving Day (Oct. 22), although Winston-Salem, NC, still had quite a few red and yellow leaves.

Southern Village, Orange County, NC  11/30/12

Ruby-crowned Kinglet        

Durham, NC  11/29/12

Pselliopus cinctus Spider Stink bug (maybe Euschistus genus)

Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC  11/26/12

Pied-billed Grebe, in non-breeding plumage        

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC  11/23/12

Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria) American Robin There are 16 signs in this picture (I think!) Street art downtown Window

American Robin View of a bank cafeteria Window reflections More window reflections  

Blowing leaves Fallen Gingko leaves A small wooden building Camellia bush  

Part of the Strollway Huge grass plants Strollway Stairwell Norwegian Spruce

Durham, NC  11/22/12

Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse Crab spider (Tmarus genus) Hornet Carolina Chickadee

Durham, NC  11/20/12

Bowl-and-doily Spider Ailanthus Webworm Moth Jumping spider (Tmarus genus) Spanish Needles  

Durham, NC  11/19/12

Female House Finch Same House Finch Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)  

Ant mimic spider (Castaneira genus?) Ant mimic spider Long-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha viridis) The same Brown Snake, removed to the grass  

Durham, NC  11/12/12

Barklouse (Ectopsocopsis cryptomeriae).  Thanks to Vassily Belov for ID. Crab spider (Tmarus genus) Shield-backed bug  

Fort Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  11/11/12

Orange Sulphur on Firewheel Sandspur flowers (Cenchrus echinatus, grass family) Beach Pennywort (Hydrocotyle genus, Araliaceae family) flowers Male Boat-tailed Grackle Live Oaks  

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)        

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  11/11/12

Female Boat-tailed Grackle Common Buckeye Male Longtailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) Sanderling Painted Lady

Willet Male Long-tailed Duck Female Boat-tailed Grackle Flamingo kite Bald eagle kite

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  11/10/12

Male Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), in breeding plumage Same Long-tailed Duck, shaking his tail Great Egret River grass Lesser Scaup

Carolina Beach, NC  11/10/12

Male Boat-tailed Grackle Same male Boat-tailed Grackle Brown Pelicans    

Fort Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  11/9/12

Mating stick insects (Anisomorpha ferruginea) according to an authority but the female seemed much more like an Anisomorpha buprestoides. Savannah Sparrow Another Savannah Sparrow View of the ocean  

Gulf Fritillary (ventral view) on one of the very last blooming Firewheel flowers Dorsal view of the same Gulf Fritillary Surfer Atlantic Blue Crab?        

Durham, NC  11/8/12

Common Buckeye Ichneumon wasp Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Planthopper Sweet Everlasting

Durham, NC  11/7/12

Pearl Crescent Tiny spider

Durham, NC  11/5/12

American Beauty on White Heath Aster (Symphyotricum pilosum) Turkey Vultures on a wireless tower      

Durham, NC 11/2/12

Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Male False Black Widow Billbug    

Durham, NC  11/1/12

Very young aphid in Calaphidinae subfamily? Damaged Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Aphid (Calaphidinae subfamily?) Giant aphid (Lachninae subfamily)  

Dark-winged fungus gnat (Sciaridae family, Bibionomorpha superfamily) Triangulate Orb Weaver Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Female House Finch Eastern Bluebird

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