Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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April 2017

Indian Valley, Novato, Marin County, CA  4/30/17

Breeding male Western Fence Lizard Common Ringlet Jumping spider Bowl Tube Iris (Iris macrosiphon) Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla eremita). ID thanks to John S. Ascher.


California Sister Same California Sister Common Buckeye Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/30/17

Caspian Tern Canada Geese Same Canada Geese Flower fly Hangingfly


Maybe a female Scarlet Skimmer Leafhopper Owl's Clover (Castilleja densiflora) Scotch Broom (Cytisus Scoparius), Larkspur, Marin County, CA, 4/30/17. Is officially an "invasive" species in California and several other states. Snowy Egret


Song Sparrow Turtle at shopping center pond Treasureflower (Gazania linearis) Bug  

San Anselmo, Marin County, CA  4/29/17

Australian Tortoise Beetle (Trachymela sloanei). ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Anise Swallowtail, seen in a field outside the residential area California Quail Western Fence Lizard Sea Fig or Ice Plant (Carpobrotus chilensis), San Anselmo, Marin County, CA, 4/29/17.  Officially "invasive."


Sign seen on a residential area        

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/29/17

California Scrub Jay Great Egret Male House Finch Ice Plants Iris


Leafhopper Monkey flowers Mt. Tamalpais, with Greenbrae in the foreground Snakefly (Agulla genus) Same Snakefly


Maybe a fly, one of many swarming Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa)      

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/28/17

Whimbrel Treasureflower (Gazania linearis) Purple Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius), Larkspur, Marin County, CA, 4/28/17 Wildflower, often seen growing out of rocks Wild radish (Raphanus sativus)


Scarlet Pimpernel Bird-of-paradise Common Ringlet Dark-eyed Junco (western sub-species) Great Blue Heron


Hawk Honeybee Umber Skipper Eared Grebe  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/27/17

Snakefly (Agulla genus) Wildflowers California Poppies Common Vetch Male Fiery Skipper


Flower fly Halictid bee Highway 101 seen from the north side of the Larkspur ferry inlet Common Ringlet, seen on a nature trail in a grassy area Mystery flowers on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Marin County south of Larkspur, CA  4/27/17

West side of San Francisco Bay A hydroplane near the west side of San Francisco Bay East side of San Francisco Bay    

San Francisco, CA 4/27/17

SFO air traffic control tower San Francisco Bay Downtown San Francisco Downtown San Francisco from a longer distance  


Downtown San Francisco on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge A familiar landmark in the city where SFO is.      

Durham, NC 4/26/17

Zebra Swallowtail Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Fish, still alive in shallow marsh water Maybe a Bluegill, still alive in shallow marsh water Aquatic snail

Durham, NC  4/25/17

Male Brown-headed Cowbird Swimming fish partially exposed in a large puddle next to a marsh, created by heavy rains Same fish Another fish, with just its top fin showing  


Drowned frog Male Mallard Flying Solitary Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper  

Durham, NC  4/22/17

Atamasco Lilies Ground beetle Mesh web weaver (Dictynidae family). Family ID thanks to John and Jane Balaban. Transitional male Eastern Pondhawk  

Durham, NC  4/21/17

Tiny fly (Loxocera genus). ID thanks to Ross Hill. Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Wildflower    

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC  4/20/17

Bee on Daisy Fleabane Black Swallowtail Braconid wasp Catesby's Trillium Click beetle


Common Wood-Sorrel, with fly Dark-eyed Junco, apparently blind in one eye (stranded here because of that?) Male Eastern Bluebird Six-spotted Fishing Spider Juvie Five-lined Skink


Five-lined Skink Another Five-lined Skink Juvie Five-lined Skink Two flower flies (Toxomerus genus) on Golden Alexander Flower fly (Temnostoma daochus). ID thanks to Martin Hauser.


Flower longhorn beetle Gemmed Satyr Golden-backed Snipe Fly Hoary Puccoon Jack-in-the-pulpit


Jumping spider Mourning Dove Orchard Spider Pink Wood-Sorrel Red Buckeye flower


American Robin Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Tree with carvings Varied Carpet Beetle Tiny wasp


Collision of two mating Common Water Striders and a tadpole Two mating Common Water Striders with prey and a tadpole A collision of three Common Water Striders (two mating) with a tadpole Wildflower plant Two flowers of the plant on the left


Zebra Longhorn Beetle Same Zebra Longhorn Beetle with Varied Carpet Beetle      

Durham, NC  4/17/17

Male Zabulon Skipper Red-banded Hairstreak Pearl Crescent Another Pearl Crescent Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata)


Cornsalad Jumping spider Another jumping spider Mock Strawberry Male Eastern Pondhawk in transition from teneral to adult state


Predated pupa? Wasp Weevil (Lixus concavus) Tiny mite Blue-eyed Grass


Tiny beetle on grass Another tiny beetle on grass; note the purple flowers. Crab spider    

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC  4/15/17

Northern Cricket Frog Feather Another feather Tiny fly Ground beetle (Bembidion genus)


Ground beetle (Bembidion genus) Inchworm Longhorn beetle (Euderces pini) Man on jetski Male midge


Pygmy grasshopper pair Skimmer in flight Another skimmer in flight Spider exuvia Toad bug climbing onto grass blade


Toad bug Whirligig beetle Wolf spider Another wolf spider with an egg sac Wolf spider carrying spiderlings

Durham, NC  4/15/17

Hairy fungus beetle (Litargus tetraspilotus). ID thanks to Blaine Mathison. Checkered skipper Same checkered skipper Crab spider with prey Same crab spider


Green Frog (Rana clamitans) Probably a Cimbicid sawfly, was struggling in this position. When I turned it over, it flew away, showing a white abdominal ring.      

Eno River State Park (Bobbitt's Hole Trail), 4/14/17

Mining Bee near a nest entrance Another mining bee     Four mining bees, two nest entrances


Mining bees: one leaving a nest, two about to enter One mining bee leaving a nest, another about to enter one One mining bee (near bottom) leaving a nest, while another hangs out One mining bee is entering a nest, while another is near one and a third is hovering. Two mining bees are leaving nests while another hovers nearby.


Orchard Spider Another Orchard Spider River Cooter Rue Anemone Turtles


Broad-shouldered water striders (Veliidae family), very tiny and active Atamasco Lily Another Atamasco Lily Bowl-and-Doily Spider Carolina Satyr


Clubmoss Common Blue Violet Giant Chickweed Common Goldstar Mayapple


Two mining bees entering nests        

Durham, NC  4/13/17

Brown Snake Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Japanese Mazus Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva) Same jumping spider


Long-jawed orb weaver Lyre-leaved Sage The Martin Luther King Blvd. bridge over the Third Fork Creek Trail Pearl Crescent Teneral Eastern Pondhawk


Spider Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Velvet Mite Wolf spider

Durham, NC  4/12/17

Swamp Darner (Epiaeschna heros) Atamasco Lilies (same plants as yesterday) Crimson Clover Pearl Crescent  

Durham, NC  4/11/17

Aphid exuvia Gemmed Satyr Dragonfly in flight over pond Crab spider Tiny beetle


Ant-mimic jumping spider Atamasco Lilies      

Durham, NC  4/10/17

Pearl Crescent Jumping spider Same jumping spider Early-instar bug nymph Another bug nymph, with wing pads

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC  4/9/17

Ants (near gardens) Bee Bird's nest (near gardens) Dogwood Dragonfly


Duke Chapel Karl with Johnny Appleseed statue on East Campus Leafcutter bee Painted Turtle Poppy


Purple poppies Red Pochard Female Red-winged Blackbird Same female Red-winged Blackbird Sculpture


Silver-spotted Skipper Solomon's Seal Maybe a Painted Turtle    

American Tobacco Trail (Mileposts 0-2), Durham, NC  4/9/17

Blue Jay Male Northern Cardinal Grackle Checkered skipper Same checkered skipper


Northern Mockingbird Wild geranium      

Durham, NC  4/8/17

Beetle larva Mating crane flies Fly Early-instar Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva Leafhopper nymph


Running crab spider Tachinid fly Same tachinid fly Tussock moth caterpillar  

Durham, NC  4/7/17

Pseudoscorpion Same pseudoscorpion Common Toadflax Tussock moth caterpillar Yellow-rumped Warbler


Froghopper Flower fly Teneral male Common Whitetail Arabesque Orb Weaver  

Durham, NC  4/6/17

Jumping spider (male Hentzia palmarum) Caddisfly Tiny beetle Flesh fly Another flesh fly


Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) facing off with leafhopper nymph Jumping spider (female Hentzia mitrata) Leafhopper    


Leafhopper Leafhopper nymph Same leafhopper nymph Running crab spider  

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC  4/5/17

Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) Wood Violet Another Wood Violet Teneral Blue Corporal Bluets


Buttercup Dwarf Violet Iris (Iris verna) Another Dwarf Violet Iris Mystery wildflower Fly (Rhamphomyia genus)


Giant Chickweed Halbard-leaved Violet Jumping spider (Habronattus decorus) Same jumping spider Leaves


Mayapples, with bloom Pinxter Flower tree Pinxter Flowers Rock Spider wasp

Durham, NC  4/4/17

Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Same Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Pearl Crescent Tiny leafhopper nymph (<= 1 mm long) Same tiny leafhopper nymph


Turkey Vulture Another Turkey Vulture A third Turkey Vulture Five Turkey Vultures by the pond  


Barklouse Buprestid beetle Feral housecat Chipping Sparrow Another Chipping Sparrow


Crane fly Jumping spider (male Hentzia mitrata), actually seen 3/27 Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow Spider wasp

Durham, NC  4/3/17

Black Swallowtail in the grass Cherry tree flowers Cherry tree flowers up close Chipping Sparrow Male Eastern Towhee


Same male Eastern Towhee Same male Eastern Towhee Blue Toadflax    

Durham, NC  4/2/17

Mystery bird Female Brown-headed Cowbird Cherry tree branch Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee


Coral Honeysuckle Female Eastern Bluebird Fish caught in lake Grape Hyacinth Male Mallard


Painted Turtles Redbud Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow

Durham, NC 4/1/17

American Lady Large Bee Fly Carolina Satyr Male Falcate Orangetip Male Falcate Orangetip


Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle with prey Orange Sulphur Painted Turtle Pearl Crescent Another Pearl Crescent


Red Admiral Silver-spotted Skipper Song Sparrow    


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