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September 2015

Durham, NC  9/30/15

Jumping spider (Phidippus princeps) Antmimic jumping spider Pearl Crescent Leafcutter bee Robber fly

Durham, NC  9/28/15

Jumping spider (Phidippus genus) Stink bug Jumping spider Moth caterpillar Arabesque Orb Weaver

Durham, NC  9/24/15

Smooth Flower Spider with bee prey        

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC  9/23/15

This time, this part of the lake was almost entirely dried up. There was a large puddle on the far side, where Great Egrets gathered. Apparently while the lake bed was wetter, some people tried to walk across it in search of the many large clams there, but it claimed the boots of some.

Green Treefrog, among sedges and Valley Redstem Same Green Treefrog Cricket frog, on lake bed Male Fiery Skipper Same Fiery Skipper, on Seedbox

Southern Bee Killer (a bee-mimic robber fly) Wolf spider with egg sac Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Butterfly wing, probably of a Great Purple Hairstreak Same wing

Valley Redstem Thread-waisted waap Red-banded Hairstreak Purple False Foxglove Teneral-to-adult transitioning male Eastern Pondhawk

Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Great Blue Skimmer Ground beetle larva Eastern Phoebe A view across Jordan Lake, with Great Egrets on the other side.

Deserted boot, from when the lake bed was wetter Another such boot Bootprints on the lake bed A general view of the lake bed On the other hand, the nearby pond had more water than usual.

Female Common Whitetail Caterpillar in a nutshell on the lake bed Wolf spider and caterpillar at crack in lake bed A caterpillar on the lake bed, feeding on a tiny plant.  

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  9/17/15

Ailanthus Webworm Moth Jaw of small animal. Note the rounded tooth surfaces. Common Buckeye    

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  9/16/15

Southern Pearly Eye Same Southern Pearly Eye before it flew away Beetle Sanderling Mystery plant

Hovering horse fly        

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  9/16/15

Gulls Surfers      

More surfers      

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  9/16/15

Common Starling        

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  9/15/15

Deer Fly  Gulf Fritillary  Queen  Orb Weaver (Argiope aurantia)  The big marsh 

Adult gull finds fish, shows it off (or maybe is just telling juvenile it's time for lessons!) Fish gets snatched by juvenile Juvenile struggles to process fish, looks triumphant for a moment.

Juvenile gull struggling with fish Mating walkingsticks  (Anisomorpha ferruginea) Queen    

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  9/15/15

Possibly a juvenile Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  Same bird Common Starlings, nonbreeding Rock Doves  

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  9/15/15

Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling, running, during Golden Hour Surfers Sandwich Tern Sunset

Sandwich Tern Willet during Golden Hour Willet Willet Ruddy Turnstone

Male Boat-tailed Grackle Diving Brown Pelican Apparently deserted house, with many small birds in the vegetation    

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (Basin Trail): 9/14/15

Phaon Crescent Rose of Plymouth (Sabatia stellaris) Golden Silk Spider with Swallowtail prey wing Bee fly (Exoprosopa fasciata) Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver

Grasshopper Another grasshopper Long-tailed Skipper Salt Marsh Skipper Robber fly

Fowler's Toad White Ibis      

Durham, NC  9/13/15

Male Fiery Skipper, apparently sleeping        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  9/9/15

Juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Cardinal Flower Common Buckeye on chive Clouded Skipper Fledgling Northern Mockingbird Orb weaver (Mangora genus)

Male American Goldfinch Pearl Crescent Silver-spotted Skipper    

Durham, NC  9/9/15

Fork-tailed Katydid        

Durham, NC  9/7/15

Nursery Web Spider Black Vulture Jumping spider Brown Stink Bug Mystery larva

Durham, NC  9/6/15

Red-banded Hairstreak on goldenrod Camouflaged Looper (Synchlora aerata) Dog-day Cicada Mating Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetles on Smartweed Green Frog

Teneral Blue Dasher Caterpillar (Synchlora aerata) Snout moth

Durham, NC  9/4/15

Great Blue Heron in Third Fork Creek, seen from bridge        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  9/3/15

Web Another web Virginia Hoverfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Sleepy Orange

Purple False Foxglove Eastern Box Turtle Orb weaver (Mangora gibberosa) Partridge Pea Pearl Crescent

Dragonfly with tiger swallowtail prey        

Durham, NC  9/3/15

Green Treefrog, during a heavy rain        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  9/2/15

Appalachian Brown Carolina Satyr Sleepy Orange Male Zabulon Skipper on Tall Ironweed  

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