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Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

          

July-August 2007

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Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC   8/31/07

Broad-nosed Weevils in courtship mode, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, 8/31/07.  See more beetles.      


Woolly Alder Aphids (Prociphilus tessellatus) gathered in huge numbers on a tree branch at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC on 8/31/07.  When disturbed, they waved their abdomens, with this white material stuck to them, up and down. Female Zabulon Skipper at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC on 8/31/07 Black-form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC on 8/31/07.  See the Butterfly Index. Tussock moth caterpillar, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC on 8/31/07 Jumping spider, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC on 8/31/07

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC   8/26/07

Monarch, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Clouded Skipper, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Ocola Skipper, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Mystery moth, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07

Southern Broken-dash, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Southern Broken-dash, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Southern Broken-dash, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Mystery skipper, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07.  Might be a male Sachem. Dun Skipper, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07


Great Blue Heron, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Male House Sparrow, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07 Common Green Darners, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/26/07.  After mating, the male (right)apparently was sticking around to make sure the female was not available to any other males while she oviposited.

Durham, NC   8/24/07

Stilt-legged Fly, Durham, NC, 8/24/07.  Note the white-tipped forelegs. Rhopalid bug, Durham, NC, 8/24/07.  There are little hairs on the edges of the wings. Crambid snout moth, Durham, NC, 8/24/07.  Part of what seems to be the "snout" is actually a rather bushy-looking pair of antennae. Burrowing bug, Durham, NC, 8/24/07.  This bug was about 5 mm long. Snail, Durham, NC, 8/24/07

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC   8/18/07 (Butterfly walk led by Jeff Pippen)

Jeff confirmed the identities of these butterflies and skippers in the photos, after having pointed them out in person.

 
Orange Sulphur, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07.  See Butterfly Index. Wild Indigo Duskywing, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07 Little Glassywing, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07 Dun Skipper, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07  


Red Admiral, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07 Pearl Crescent, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07 Female Sachem, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07 Southern Broken-dash, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 8/18/07

Durham, NC   8/15/07

Dog-day Cicada nymph.  You can tell from all the clay stuck to this nymph that it recently came up out of the ground. Leafhopper (Macrosteles quadrilineatus) nymph and adult, Durham, NC, 8/15/07.  These were two of hundreds of such leafhopper in what used to be a swamp before a currently long drought.  The leaf they were on belonged to one of many succulent plants with yellow flowers. Mystery beetles, Durham, 8/15/07.  These showed up in the same place as the leafhoppers on the left.  They were each about 1 mm long.

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC   8/12/07

Leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/12/07

San Francisco Aquarium   8/6/07

I guess this strange beast is a shark, seen at the San Francisco Aquarium, 8/6/07 The underside of a large ray seen at San Francisco Aquarium, 8/6/07 A small ray poking its head out of shallow water at the San Francisco Aquarium, 8/6/07 Who would believe that a starfish had all those little tentacles?  Seen at San Francisco Aquarium, 8/6/07

El Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA   8/6/07

Female sea lions taking it easy, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/07 Male sea lions jockeying for position, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/07 Male sea lions after all is settled and decided, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/07

 

A somewhat anomalous Rock Pigeon, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/07.  See more birds. Male House Sparrow, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/07

Camp Taylor, Marin County, CA   8/4/07

Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia), Camp Taylor, Marin County, CA, 8/4/07.  See more nymphs and satyrs. Ichneumonid wasp, Camp Taylor, Marin County, CA, 8/4/07

Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC   8/2/07

 
Eastern Tailed Blue, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  See more butterflies. Small Milkweed Bug, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07 Flower fly, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  This fly was about 8mm long. Veliid bug, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  This bug was less than 2 mm long. Hanging-thief (Diogmites neoternatus), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/9/08  


Eastern Amberwing, Raulston
Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC,
8/2/07.  See more dragonflies.
Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07 Southern Broken-dash, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07


 

 

 

 

 

 


Durham, NC   8/1/07

Orb weaver (Mangora maculata), Durham, NC, 8/1/07.  See other spiders,

Durham, NC   7/29/09

Bug (Oedancala crassimana, Pachygronthidae family), Durham, NC, 7/29/07.  This bug was about 8 mm long. Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Durham, NC, 7/29/07

Eno River State Park, Orange and Durham Counties, NC   7/27/07

Leaffooted Bug, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07 Bowl and Doily Spider, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07 Jumping spider, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07 Sidewalk Tiger Beetle, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07 Mystery spider, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07

 

Mystery fish, Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC, 7/27/07. Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.

Durham, NC   7/25/07

Distinguished Colomychus - Hodges #5200 (Colomychus talis, a Pyralidae family moth), Durham, NC, 7/25/07.  Thanks to Dennis Profant for ID.

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07

Red Admiral, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07 Cloudless Sulphur, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07 Question Mark, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07 Acanalonid Planthopper, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07 Stilt-legged Fly, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC   7/22/07

 

Female Great Blue Skimmer, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC, 7/22/07

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC   7/21/07

Honeybee, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/21/07 Red-eared Slider, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/21/07 Red Admiral, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/21/07.  Something must have bit a chunk out this butterfly's wings but it was still able to fly reasonably well. Female Sachem, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/21/07.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk. Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus), Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/21/07

Durham, NC   7/20/07

Geometrid moth (Desmia maculalis), Durham, NC, 7/20/07.  Taken at night.  ID according to Covell (2005), p. 286. Grapevine Beetle, Durham, NC, 7/20/07.  Taken at night. Horned Passalus Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus), Durham, NC, 7/20/07.  Taken at night.

Southern Village walking path, Orange County, NC   7/20/07

Millipede (Spirobolida order), Southern Village walking path, Orange County, NC, 7/20/07.   The fly on top of the millipede followed it, landing in various different places on the millipede. Mystery moth, Southern Village walking path, 7/20/07

Durham, NC   7/17/07

Luna Moth, Durham, NC, 7/17/07.  Taken at night.

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC   7/15/07

Jumping spider, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07 Mating Hag moths (Phobetron pithecium) Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07.  This picture was taken at 9:45 am.  ID thanks to John T. Lill. Robber fly, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07.  Note the two red parasite eggs. Red-banded Hairstreak, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07 Mayfly exuvia, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07

 

Jumping spider with flower fly prey, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07 (Same) jumping spider, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07 Acanalonid planthopper nymph, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/15/07.  This bold nymph looked ready to use fight rather than flight.  This little insect was about 1 mm long.

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC   7/14/07

Treehopper (Aculatis brunnea), Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 7/14/07.  This tiny treehopper was about 5mm long. Mystery fly, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 7/14/07 Mystery moth, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 7/14/07 Clouded Skipper, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 7/14/07 Ebony Bug, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 7/14/07

Durham, NC   7/13/07

Spined Soldier Bug, Durham, NC, 7/13/07 Marsh fly, Durham, NC, 7/13/07 Aphid, Durham, NC, 7/13/07 Muscid fly, Durham, NC, 7/13/07 Wolf spider, Durham, NC, 7/13/07

 

Wasp (Scolia nobilitata)Durham, NC, 7/13/07 Springtail, Durham, NC, 7/13/07.  This hexapod (but not an insect) was about 1 mm long. Two-lined Froghopper, Durham, NC, 7/13/07

Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC   7/12/07

Picture-winged Fly (Meliera genus), Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC, 7/12/07 Mystery spider, Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC, 7/12/07 Aphid, Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC, 7/12/07 Young aphid, Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC, 7/12/07 Variable Dancer, Durham, NC, 7/12/07

Durham, NC   7/6/07

Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona), Durham, NC, 7/6/07 Flatid Planthopper nymph, Durham, NC, 7/6/07.  You can see a couple of little legs near the top.

 

Northern Water Snake, Durham, NC, 7/6/07 Planthopper nymph, Durham, NC, 7/6/07 Long-legged fly, Durham, NC, 7/6/07 Flea beetle, Durham, NC, 7/6/07

 

Clavate Tortoise Beetle larva, Durham, NC, 7/6/07.  This insect was about 3 mm long.  ID thanks to Donald S. Chandler.

 

West Point on the Eno, Durham, NC   7/3/07

Sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis), West Point on the Eno, Durham, NC, 7/3/07.  ID thanks to Andy Hamilton. Rubyspot Damselfly, West Point on the Eno, Durham, NC, 7/3/07

Durham, NC   7/3/07

Green Lacewing, Durham, NC, 7/3/07.  Photo taken at night.

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC   7/3/07

Variable Dancer, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07.  See more damselflies. Mystery spider with fly prey, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07. Mystery caterpillar, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07 Bee fly, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07 Probably a larva, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07

 

Catfish, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07.  They may be madtoms.  See more fish. Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07 Skipper, most likely a male Sachem but too worn for a positive ID, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/3/07

Durham, NC   7/1/07

Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella bicolor), Durham, NC, 7/1/07.  These are photos of the same beetle, taken in different lights.  Notice the transparent but reflective "tortoise" shell covering the beetle.  Part of the right front section of the shell seems to be broken off. Stilt Bugs, Durham, NC, 7/1/07.  You can see the beak on the orange one if you click on this thumbnail. Variable Dancer, Durham, NC, 7/1/07. See other damselflies. Katydid nymph, Durham, NC, 7/1/07

 

Rhopalid bug, Durham, NC, 7/1/07 Northern Water Snake, Durham, NC, 7/1/07.  This was a small snake, less than a foot long. Mydas Fly, Durham, NC, 7/1/07

 

Shining leaf beetle (Neolema sexpunctata), Durham, NC, 7/1/07 Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica), Durham, NC, 7/1/07

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