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April 2016

Durham, NC 4/29/16

Monarch Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Same jumping spider    

Durham, NC 4/28/16

Chalcid wasp (Eupelmus genus) Pachygronthid bug      

Durham, NC 4/27/16

American Snout Brown Thrasher Golden-backed Snipe Fly Green Frog, almost adult, but with a bit of a tail Fully adult Green Frog


Green Frog tadpoles with legs, dragonfly nymph, crane fly        

Durham, NC 4/26/16

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (in marsh) Stink bug Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Longhorn beetle Leech


Leaf beetle (Prasocuric phellandri) Jumping spider Green Frog (in puddle) Grasshopper nymph Tadpoles with legs (in puddle)


Fowler's Toad (tiny) recent metamorph, in mud near a puddle Chipping Sparrow  St. Anthony's Turnip (Ranunculus bulbosus) Tiny beetle Seed-eating ground beetle (Amara genus). ID thanks to Blaine Mathison.

Durham, NC 4/25/16

Jumping spider (male Hentzia mitrata) Jumping spider      

Ocracoke (beach), Hyde County, NC 4/23/16

Non-breeding, molting Black-bellied Plover Sanderling Willet    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/23/16

Male Northern Cardinal Carpet Beetle House Sparrow gathering nesting material from cattails Male Red-winged Blackbird in cedar tree  

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/22/16

Beach Male Red-winged Blackbird Yellow-rumped Warbler    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/22/16

Banner Birdfoot Trefoil Birdfoot Trefoil with some faded (fertilized?) flowers Evening Primrose Houses across the marsh


Mite, 1-2 mm long Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum)      

Ocracoke (beach), Hyde County, NC 4/21/16

Double-crested Cormorant Another Double-crested Cormorant Mostly gulls on a sand bar Tricolored Heron Same Tricolored Heron


Tricolored Heron and crow      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/21/16

Barn Swallow Barn Swallows Blue Jay Brown Pelican Might be Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense)


Big house on the marsh Pink Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis violacea) Common Starling Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/20/16

Birdfoot Trefoil in the middle of the day Birdfoot Trefoil in the early morning Male Northern Cardinal Eurasian Collared Dove Another Eurasian Collared Dove


Great Egret, with green patch indicating breeding status Mallard duckling without a family A drainage ditch in the big marsh on the south end Sunrise Tricolored Heron flying past the pier


Yellowlegs Same yellowlegs      

Ocracoke (beach scenes were at north end of the island), Hyde County, NC 4/19/16

Crow Egg cases Eurasian Collared Dove Juvie Ghost Crab Left at tombstone in the town cemetery


House Sparrow Another House Sparoow Osprey aircraft flying low over the marsh Another view of the Osprey aircraft Palamedes butterfly


Interesting street sign        

Ocracoke (halfway up the island), Hyde County, NC 4/18/16

Small Ghost Crab Blue-eyed Grass Grackle (nature trail) Palamedes Swallowtail (nature trail)  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/18/16

Barn Swallow Beach Female Northern Cardinal at Springer's Point Nature Preserve Eurasian Collared Dove Another Eurasian Collared Dove


Grackle Gulls in a cedar tree Hen Male House Finch Same male House Finch


Male House Finch Male Mallard, possibly hybrid w/ American Black Duck Mourning Dove Palamedes Swallowtail Rooster


Common Starling Sunrise Yellow-rumped Warbler in breeding plumage    

Pamlico Sound, Hyde County, NC 4/17/16

Swan Quarter Swan Quarter Herring Gull Gull Common Loon taking off


Adult Herring Gull An island Laughing Gull Herring Gull Second-year juvie Herring Gull


Juvenile Herring Full Herring Gulls Herring Gulls Several Herring Gulls that apparently dove for the same object Many Herring Gulls following the ferry's wake


Juvenile Herring Gull Cormorants and gulls on Big Foot Island, which was created by dredging ferry channels Double-crest Cormorant    

Durham, NC 4/15/16

Stink bug (Menecles insertus) Sawfly Red Admiral Same Red Admiral Question Mark


Pearl Crescent Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Antmimic spider American Snout Five-lined Skink

Eno River State Park (Cole Mill Rd.), Durham/Orange County, NC 4/14/16

White M Hairstreak Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Scarab beetle River Cooters Other River Cooters


River Cooters Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) Violet Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis violaceae) Mining Bees, two leaving a nest in the ground Mining bee on Spring Beauty


Mining bee (Andrena genus) hovering outside nest entrance Another mining bee landing at the nest entrance Mining bee leaving the nest Mining bee entering nest Another mining bee entering a nest


Juvenal's Duskywing Another Juvenal's Duskywing Giant Chickweed (Mysoton aquaticum) flowers Fly on a Spring Beauty Different flies on Spring Beauties


Common Baskettail Carolina Chickadee Carolina Satyr Adult male Blue Corporal  

Durham, NC 4/14/16

Carolina Wren with nest-building materials (oak flowers) Carolina Wren in new nest-building location Jumping spider (male Hentzia mitrata) Same jumping spider Mystery spider


Tulip Poplar flower        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC 4/14/16

Female Northern Cardinal Same cardinal Columbines (Aquilegia canadensis) Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Mayapple


Tadpoles, looking somewhat like adult frogs but still without legs. Probably bullfrogs. More tadpoles White-throated Sparrow Carpenter Bee inspecting one of my cameras Winged termite, caught while flying



Durham, NC 4/13/16

Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Same jumping spider Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle larva Same larva Running crab spider

Durham, NC 4/12/16

Female Northern Cardinal Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutata) Male American Goldfinch Ground beetle Mystery larvae


Mallard family Male Purple Martin Squirrel in an oak tree Water scavenger beetle (moving very fast!) Ground beetle with springtail

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, NC 4/8/16

Common Buckeye Carolina Satyr Juvenal's Duskywing Red Admiral Eastern Tiger Swallowtails


American Lady Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca) Grasshopper and mimic Shield-backed katydid


Eastern Tailed-blue Same Eastern Tailed-blue Same Eastern Tailed-blue Female midge (on an Atamasco Lily)  

Durham, NC 4/7/16

Brown Thrasher Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutata) Fowler's Toad tadpoles Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Common Water Strider


Black form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Northern Mockingbird    

Durham, NC 4/6/16

Caterpillar Hunter beetle        

Durham, NC 4/4/16

Black Vulture Same Black Vulture Bullfrog tadpole Another Bullfrog tadpole Longhorn beetle


Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva, male) Northern Mockingbird singing Mourning Dove pair Cornsalad (Valerianella locusta)  

Durham, NC 4/3/16

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Same Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Winged termites Purple Martin in flight


Crane fly Common Baskettail Caterpillar Hunter ground beetle Male Northern Cardinal Another male Northern Cardinal


Flower fly (Callicera erratica)        

Durham, NC 4/2/16

Crab spider (Mecaphesa genus) Mystery jumping spider Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Orb weaver Beetle


Weevil (Lechriops oculata) Same weevil Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Durham, NC 4/1/16

Cherry tree Chipping Sparrow pair      

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