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April 2021

Hammock Hills Nature Preserve, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hyde County, NC  4/30/21

Juniper Hairstreak Karl Pearl Crescent Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) flowers and leaves Amber

Eastern Blue-eyed Grass Fowler's Toad      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/30/21

Carolina Anole Aphid White Campion (Silene latifolia) Another White Campion (Silene latifolia) Seen in a patch of White Clover, it was perhaps a mutant.

Coral Honeysuckle More Coral Honeysuckle Large mystery mosquito Dwarf Blue-eyed Grass Eastern Blue-eyed Grass

Eastern Blue-eyed Grass Departing ferry and channel marker Yellow Firewheel Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) Fowler's Toad

Morning Glory Thicket Bean or Sandhills Bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Another Thicket Bean or Sandhills Bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Another Thicket Bean or Sandhills Bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/29/21

Aphid exuvia Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Beach Pennywort Black Willow flowers Black Willow flowers and buds

Black Willow flower Black Willow flowers, from a different angle Brookweed (Samolus parviflorus) Another Brookweed (Samolus parviflorus) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Milkweed Assassin Bug Pearl Crescent Whitetop Sedge    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/28/21

Mustard plants Narrow-leaf Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) flowers Coral Honeysuckle Grounselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis)

Fleabane Gray Catbird Hooked Buttercup Low Hop Clover March fly

Northern Mockingbird Multiflora Rose, with Virginia Creeper Multiflora Rose Mustard Common Starling

Mystery vine Yellow Thistle      

Ramp 59, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC  4/27/21

American Sea Rocket Boat Cedars Crab tracks  


Eastern Towhee Large washed-up fish Ring-billed Gull, victim of Hurricane Dorian Hurricane damage More hurricane damage


As far as we could go Osprey Same Osprey Same Osprey  


Prickly Pear fruit Male Red-winged Blackbird singing Sanderlings    


Sanderlings Same Sanderlings Some Sanderlings    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/27/21

Aphids Mystery bush Groundselbush (Trirhabda bacharidis) Groundselbush (Trirhabda bacharidis) Larva and an exuvia

Milkweed Assassin Bug Milkweed Assassin Bug Male Spotless Ladybug Beetle Male Spotless Ladybug Beetle  

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC  4/26/21

Firewheels Sanderling Flying Sanderlings Sanderlings  

Sanderlings Willet Same Willet Another Willet  

Willets and Sanderlings        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/26/21

Ocracoke sunrise Aphids Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph with fly prey Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph with fly prey Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph with fly prey

Big Milkweed Bug Blowfly Curly Dock Eastern Blue-eyed Grass Fish reaching for food on pond surface

Same fish Flea beetle larva (Trirhabda bacharidis) Tiny fly View of Pamlico Sound from the other side of Route 12 Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird Pearl Crescent Pink Wood-sorrel Soldier fly (Odontomyia genus), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 4/26/21.  ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Sow Thistle

Male Spotless Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea)

Female Spotless Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea) Squirrel Treefrog Another Squirrel Treefrog Yet another Squirrel Treefrog

Another Squirrel Treefrog Another Squirrel Treefrog Same Squirrel Treefrog    

Ocracoke and Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC  4/25/21

Brown Pelican Double-crested Cormorants and a few gulls on Big Foot Island Double-crested Cormorants and many gulls on Big Foot Island Beach Evening Primrose  

Double-crested Cormorants on Big Foot Island with Ocracoke houses in the background View from our deck in Ocracoke Dwarf Dandelion Eastern Blue-eyed Grass, still unfolding in the morning Brookweed or Water Pimpernel (Samolus parviflorus)

Eurasian Collared Dove in Ocracoke Gulls on Big Foot Island House on the big marsh in Ocracoke Killdeer in Swan Quarter  

Full moon Ocracats is an organized effort to support feral cats in an Ocracoke neighborhood. Pink Wood-sorrel (Oxalis debilis) in Swan Quarter Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) in Ocracoke Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) in Ocracoke  

Flying Killdeer Two other Killdeers, one flying      

Durham, NC  4/23/21

Black Cherry Blighted blackberry leaves Azure Bluets Spined Soldier Bug nymph with caterpillar prey Male Northern Cardinal

Carolina Cranesbill Common Whitetail Coral Honeysuckle Curly Dock Dwarf Blue-eyed Grass flower

Another Dwarf Blue-eyed Grass flower Yet another Dwarf Blue-eyed Grass flower Hairy Buttercups Herbwilliam Japanese Mazus

Little Brown Jug flowers Mock Strawberry Mulberry fruits Needle-tip Blue-eyed Grass flower Purple Dead-nettle flowers

Violet Wood-sorrel Common Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia) Same Common Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia) Flowering Dogwood Chipping Sparrow

Durham, NC  4/21/21

Brown Thrasher with worm Same Brown Thrasher with worm Hairy Buttercups Cabbage White Same Cabbage White

Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinium) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) Another Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) Other Corn Speedwells (Veronica arvensis)

Another Corn Speedwell Dog Fennel Dwarf Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium minus) Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia genus) English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis) Fleabane (Erigeron genus) Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Other Ground Ivy Hearts-a-bustin' buds (Euonymus americanus)

Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus) Pearl Crescent Pennsylvania Bittercress (Cardamine pensylvanica) Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)

Exposed roots of a tree on a creek edge Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) fallen flower Tulip Poplar tree on old log Warty leaf beetle  

Durham, NC  4/20/21

Jumping spider (male Pelegrina Proterva) Ashy Clubtail Mining bee Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) Hairy Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)

Eastern Brownsnake Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle      

Durham, NC  4/19/21

Antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bee fly Black Willow  

Blowfly Female Blue Dasher Bowl-and-doily Spider pair Same Bowl-and-doily Spider pair  

Same Bowl-and-doily Spider pair (Photo is upside down) Carolina Cranesbill Common Chickweed Chipping Sparrow Common Vetch

Cuckoo bee Juvenal's Duskywing Female Eastern Tailed-blue on Ground Ivy Herbwilliam Male catkins on Eastern Hophornbeam

Male catkin on Eastern Hophornbeam Ladybug beetle larva Lyre-leaved Sage Orb weaver Post Oak catkin

Post Oak catkins Thicket bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail White Clover patch White Clover with moths

Durham, NC  4/18/21

Crane fly Deerberry Ground Ivy Henbit Herbwilliam

Japanese Honeysuckle leaves Japanese Maple samara and female flowers Japanese Mazus Little Brown Jug Mock Strawberry

Oak catkins Another oak catkin Close-up of Post Oak catkin Purple Dead-nettle River Birch female catkin

River Birch male catkins Spoonleaf Purple Everlasting blooms      

Durham, NC  4/17/21

Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus) Common Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Post Oak (Quercus stellata) Same Post Oak Virginia Spring Beauty

Durham, NC  4/15/21

Barklouse Bigseed Forget-me-not Black Willow Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow

Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis) Eastern Tailed-blue Eggs English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) European Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaeus)

Little Brown Jug leaves Little Brown Jug flower Lyre-leaved Sage Pearl Crescent Little Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Eastern Phoebe Sticky-willy Viburnum Mystery vine Yellow Buckeye

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii).  This is an introduced species, from Asia. Very young Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva, with mites Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis).  This is an introduced plant from Eurasia. Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) buds        

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Moore County, NC  4/13/21

Arrowleaf Violet (Viola sagittata) Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata) Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata) Male Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata) Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata)

Blue Corporal Broadhead Skink Crane fly Striped Cream Violet (Viola striata) Diminutive Clubtail

Same Diminutive Clubtail Mystery dragonfly Ornate Pennant (Celithemis ornata) Juvenal's Duskywing  

Dwarf Cinquefoil Dwarf Dandelions Dwarf Iris (Iris verna) Another Dwarf Iris (Iris verna) Teneral male Little Blue Dragonlet

Mantled Baskettail Narrowleaf Blueberry Another Narrowleaf Blueberry Orchard Spider Pinxter Flower

Turkey Oak Sand Wasp Silver-spotted Skipper Spicebush Swallowtail on Pinxter Flower Spicebush Swallowtail on Dwarf Iris

Southern Pines, Moore County, NC  4/13/21

Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) Another Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) Camellia, cultivated plant Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum) Probably a Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) Heartwing Sorrel Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)

Hawkweed? Heartwing Sorrel (Rumex hastatulus), up close Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre) Mystery bush Female Eastern Tailed-Blue

Durham, NC  4/11/21

Bigseed Forget-me-not Bigseed Forget-me-not Hairy Buttercup Juvie female Northern Cardinal Same juvie female Northern Cardinal


Male Eastern Bluebird Field Madder More Field Madder American Goldfinch Grass

Green Ash Planthopper nymph, with mite Eastern Gray Squirrels doing courtship routine Sticky-willy Another Sticky-willy

Tachinid fly Warty Spurge Mystery wildflower Another mystery wildflower  

Durham, NC  4/10/21

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Beaked Cornsalad Another Beaked Cornsalad Beetle  

American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) Female Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal pair Fowler's Toad Mystery grass

House Finch pair Inchworm Jumping spider Mock Strawberry  

Orb weaver Male Red-winged Blackbird Female Red-winged Blackbird Same Female Red-winged Blackbird Male Red-winged Blackbird

River Birch male catkins Female River Birch catkin Male and female River Birch catkins Male River Birch catkins Orb weaver

Turkey Vulture Possumhaw Viburnum Warty Spurge Same Warty Spurge  

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  4/9/21

Bluets Common Blue Violets Green and Gold Jack-in-the-pulpit Another Jack-in-the-pulpit

Another Jack-in-the-pulpit Little Brown Jug flowers Another Little Brown Jug flower Several Little Brown Jug flowers Close-up of one Little Brown Jug flower

Little Sweet Betsy Another Little Sweet Betsy Mayapple with a flower bud Moth Orchard Spider

Painted Buckeye/Red Buckeye hybrid Painted Buckeye/Red Buckeye hybrid Painted Buckeye Phlox Another Phlox

Red-bellied Woodpecker Rhododendron Round-lobed Hepatica Star Chickweed Sweetshrub

Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse Warty Spurge    

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  4/9/21

Bladdernut May beetle in pond Blueberry flowers Buckbean Dog-hobble

Heartleaf foamflower Hoary Puccoon Heartleaf foamflowers and Eastern Indian Paintbrush Jacob's Ladder Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Termite Same Eastern Termite Another Eastern Termite White-throated Sparrow The same White-throated Sparrow

Wild Geranium Mystery tree flowers Mystery flowers Witch Alder Red Buckeye

Durham, NC  4/8/21

Mystery aster Our azalea Cherry Laurel Common Bluebell Common Yellow Wood-sorrel

Confederate Violet Flowering Dogwood Early Saxifrage Meadow Hawkweed Hearts-a-bustin' buds

Ivyleaf Speedwell Japanese Cherry  (Prunus serrulata) Another Japanese Cherry  (Prunus serrulata) River Birch male catkins Possumhaw Viburnum

Eno River State Park (Cole Mill Road access), Orange County unless specified otherwise, 4/7/21

Eastern Redbud, Durham County Azure Bluets Bobbitt's Hole Common Blue Violet Cutleaf Toothwort

Foam at Bobbitt's Hole Ground Ivy Pennsylvania Bittercress Purple Dead-nettle Painted Buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica)

Painted Buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica) Another Painted Buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica) Rue Anemone Another Rue Anemone Star Chickweed

Star Chickweed Yellow Buckeye Another Yellow Buckeye    

Durham, NC  4/6/21

American Hornbeam bracts and catkin American Lady caterpillar Aphids Male Northern Cardinal  

Same male Northern Cardinal Same male Northern Cardinal Carolina Chickadee Another Carolina Chickadee Common Chickweed

Corn Speedwell Flower fly (Toxomerus marginatus) Ground Ivy Hawkweed More Hawkweed

Henbit Yellow Jacket Japanese Mazus Strawberry Rootworm (Paria fragariae) Another leaf beetle

Mining bee Same mining bee Orb weaver Another orb weaver Sassafras flower

Durham, NC  4/5/21

Mining bee Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Same Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Common Vetch Japanese Rose

Male march fly (Dilophus genus) Picture-winged fly (Chaetopsis genus) Sticky-willy Weevil (Lixus concavus) Winged-elm seedpods

Yellow Buckeye        

Durham, NC  4/4/21

American Lady Same American Lady Same American Lady Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Blackjack Oak catkins

Blackjack Oak catkins Cryptocephalid beetle larva Pearl Crescent Red Maple samaras Spider missing a leg and wasp - a mystery!

Six-spotted Fishing Spider White-lined Burrowing Bug Yellow Poplar Weevil    

Durham, NC  4/3/21

Chinese Witchhazel Chipping Sparrow Dogwood blooms Early Saxifrage Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Mock Strawberry Eastern Redbud American Robin    

Durham, NC  4/1/21

American Elm seedpods American Hornbeam catkin Beetle Black Oak leaves and catkins  

Blueberry flower and buds Other blueberry flowers Common Chickweed Dovefoot Geranium Another Dovefoot Geranium, showing leaf

Hawkweed Hooked Buttercup Male Eastern Hophornbeam catkins Close-up of part of a male Eastern Hophornbeam catkin Jumping spider

Jumping spider Another jumping spider Leafhopper Male Rambur's Forktail  

Sassafras flowers Stickywilly Another Stickywilly Virginia Spring Beauty White Clover


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