foliage ground beetle (Lebia vittata,
tribe Lebiini, subfamily Harpalinae), Durham, NC, 9/7/08. This
beetle is a carnivore, even though it's on a leaf.
Flea beetle, Durham, NC, 7/6/07. A very
(Disonycha fumata, Alticini tribe), Durham, 7/5/05. This one was about
¼ inch long.
(Disonycha genus, Alticini tribe), Durham, NC, 4/19/06. This beetle was
visiting a dandelion.
Burdock Beetle (Leptinotarsa juncta, Chrysomelinae
subfamily). Same beetle, playing dead. Close to looking like a
Colorado Potato Beetle, but no cigar: the broad black stripe and the
thorax markings set it apart. It is an herbivore, but not a crop pest.
Oak Treehopper(Platycotis vittata),
nymph, Duke Forest, Korstian Division,
Orange County, NC, 5/3/06. This is the only one of its species and probably its genus I've
ever seen. Nevertheless, Stephen Cresswell, who identified it,
apparently sees them all the time! Order a product with this photo
at our online store.
Two-lined Froghoppers, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, New Hanover
County, NC, 6/23/06
Locust Borer(Megacyllene robiniae, subfamily Cerambycinae),
Boone, Watauga County, NC, 8/29/05. The Cerambycinae taxon is valid
according to the ITIS.
Pennsylvania Leatherwing(Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus), NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06.
Actually, the stripes are often hidden.
Most likely a Drone fly (Eristalis tenax, Eristalinae
subfamily), Carolina Beach State
Park, New Hanover County, NC, 10/11/06. This was a
relatively large fly that flew wildly about, somewhat like a Yellow
Yes, wasps have predators, although you don't hear
about them too much. This robber fly issubduing a hornet with what seems like very
unflylike behavior: note the hornet's
stinger. Duke Forest Gate #12, Durham, NC, 8/23/06.
Cuckoo Bee (Nomada genus, Heminomada subgenus, most likely Imbricata
species). ID thanks to
John S. Ascher.
Crabronid wasp (Philanthus
gibbosus), NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/28/06. This
is a predator of halictid bees.
Ichneumonid Wasp, Durham, 10/29/05. Members of the
Tiphiid wasps (Myzinum
genus), Carolina Beach State
Park, New Hanover County, NC, 6/23/07,
struggling to get into one little hole in the sand.
nobilitata). NOTE: The ITIS does not list the species nobilitata.