Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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September 2011

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC  9/30/11

Mother and baby giraffes, showing affection Bobcat Grizzly Bear American Alligator  

Broad-nose weevil (Otiorhynchus singularis?), in picnic area (bordering on lake) Spreadwing Leafcutter bee Obedient Plant Pond, next to the picnic area

American Tobacco Trail (Miles 0-2), Durham, NC  9/29/11

Funnel web spider, with part of web on bush.  A sight often overlooked. Kudzu flower Nursery Web Spider Purple morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea), pink variety Purple morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

Purslane Little White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/28/11

Green Treefrog, escaping from the downpour the previous night    

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  9/27/11

Water strider (Trepobates genus) Pink Turtlehead River Oats (Chasmanthium/ Uniola latifolia) Green Anole  


Durham, NC  9/26/11

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth Flower Bumble Beetle Carpenter Bee Courting Pearl Crescents Mating Pearl Crescents

Velvet ant (Pseudomethoca simillima) #1. investigating the object on the left. Velvet ant (Pseudomethoca simillima) #2 Jumping spider (Phidippus clarus) Ground beetle (Scarites genus) Argiope aurantia

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/25/11

Male Hentz Longjawed Jumping Spider Star-bellied Orb Weaver Chinese Witchhazel (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Burgundy'), actually seen in a cultivated garden.  This species was introduced from Japan in 1989.    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/22/11

Painted Turtle, discovered on the trail and removed to a grassy area Assassin bug (Zelus genus) There's a big orb weaver web in there, but you'll have to click on the thumbnail to see it.    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/21/11

Tree Stink Bug Big jumping spider Small spider Rhyparochromic (true) bug, which looked very much like an ant when scurrying over this sidewalk.  About 3 mm long. Caterpillar on ironweed

Durham, NC  9/20/11

  Green Stink Bug Black Horse Fly (Tabanus atratus) White-tailed Deer  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/19/11

Appalachian Brown Red-humped Caterpillar (Schizura concinna)      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  9/19/11

Crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes) assuming yellow color and attacking a bumblebee. Ambush Bug, which (as typical), was spotted mimicking a wilted flower. Carolina Satyr (dorsal view) Gemmed Satyr Pearl Crescent

Porcelainberry vine (blue and purple fruits only) Rosepink (Sabatia angularis).  A spider has connected two petals with its silk. Carolina Satyr (ventral view of wing) Ailanthus Webworm Moth Appalachian Brown


Cuckoo bee (Triepeolus genus, Nomadinae subfamily).  Tip of the tongue is visible. Same Cuckoo bee. Common Buckeye caterpillar    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/18/11

Purple False Foxglove Moth fly (Psychoda genus) Jumping spider (female Hentz Longjawed Jumper) Pearl Crescent  

Broad-nosed weevil (Naupactus genus) Spirobolid millipede      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/15/11

Appalachian Brown Another Appalachian Brown, in a different light Virginia Dayflower (Commelina virginica) Swamp/Marsh Dewflowers (Murdannia keisak), seen in swampy areas  

Hairy Milk Pea flowers Jumping spider      

Durham, NC  9/14/11

Green Treefrog        

Durham, NC  9/13/11

Trailing Wild Bean (Strophostyles helvola), with the different flower colors (due to age) characteristic of this species Big-eyed Bug (Geocoris uliginosus), about 3 mm long Nursery Web Spider (Pisaurina mira)    

Durham, NC  9/12/11

White-tailed Deer family Orange Holomelina Moth      

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  9/10/11

Passionflower The other two passionflowers in this field, the one on the left going to seed Partially opened passionflower in another field (adjacent to Shadowfax Stables)    

Big orb weaver web, about a foot across Mangora genus spider, very tiny Thistle flower Pea flower, may be Hairy Milk Pea  

American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC  9/8/11

Spider wasp (Psorthaspis genus) Virgin's Bower Silktree, one of the last blooms Trumpet Creeper Little White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)

Two-lined Froghopper Pokeweed, having dropped all but one fruit      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/7/11

This trail was flooded after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene came through.        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/5/11

Green June Beetle Long-legged fly Leaffooted bug nymph Robber fly

Eupatorium hyssopifolium Hairy Milk Pea (Galactia volubilis) Nursery Web Spider (Pisaurina mira)    

Durham, NC  9/4/11

Snowberry Clearwing Moth Forked-tail Bush Katydid Tiny jumping spider, 1 mm long, taken at the Third Fork Creek Trail Cardinal Flower, taken at the Third Fork Creek Trail    

Jordan Lake Dam area, Chatham County, NC  9/3/11

As usual, this was a prime spot for seeing vultures and morning glories.  Despite the obvious impact of harsh summer weather, several species managed to survive.

Black Vulture Common Buckeye Snowberry Clearwing Moth on Lantana at the Visitors Center Checkered skipper Sleepy Orange

Pearl Crescent Sachem Turkey Vulture Dancer Chinese Goose

Small beetle visiting a flower on a sneezeweed blossom Another little beetle on the way to the underside of the sneezeweed flower's petals Virgin's Bower, near the woodland nature trail Purslane, in the picnicking area American Beauty Berry, in the woods between the picnicking area and the dam

Purple Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea) Redstars (Ipomoea coccinea) Little whitish morning glory (Ipomoea lacunosa) Morning glories.  White ones are likely to be Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium, an introduced species).  Pink ones may be a variety of Ipomoea purpurea.  

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  9/2/11

Appalachian Brown Silvery Checkerspot Blooming Kudzu Redstar Karl among asters

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