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April 2023

Durham, NC  4/29/23

Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) Clavate Tortoise Beetle Dwarf spider Mystery grass Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Jumping spider (male Hentzia mitrata) Same jumping spider (male Hentzia mitrata) Jumping spider (male Pelegrina proterva) with leafhopper prey Long-jawed orb weaver Long-legged fly (Diaphorus genus)

Mock Strawberry (Potentilla indica) White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar Two flower Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia biflora) Woodland Spurge (Euphorbia obtusada) Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)

Durham, NC  4/26/23

Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Bean Leaf Beetle (Cerotoma trifurcata) Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) Ghost spider (Wulfila albens) Jumping spider (Colonus sylvanus) male, with prey

Miniature Rose Orchard Spider Atamasco Lilies (Zephyranthes atamasca) Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca) Bulbous Buttercups (Ranunculus bulbosus)

 
Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren, singing Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata)  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/23/23

Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Coral Aloe (Aloe striata) Great Blue Heron Greater Quaking Grass (Briza major)

     
Lesser Scaup Conversing Mallards      

Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) Another Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea) Raven Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica)

 
Trailing Lantana (Lantana monteviensis) Willet Greater Yellowlegs Same Greater Yellowlegs  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/22/23

Barn Swallow Juvie Black-crowned Night Heron Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latfolius) Calla Lily (Zantedescia aethiopica) Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)

Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Cretan Rockrose (Cistus creticus) Cutleaf Geranium (Geranium dissectum) English Daisy (Bellis perennis) Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis)

Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis), with a jumping spider and an aphid Musk Filaree (Erodium moschatum) No ID possible Might be Prairie Acacia (Acaciella angustissima) Male Red-winged Blackbird

 
Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis) Snow Egret Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) Wild Radish (Raphanum sativum)  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA 4/21/23

Aloe Vera (Aloe vera) inflorescence Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) flowers Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Creeping Wood-sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)

Cutleaf Geranium (Geranium dissectum) Flatbud Prickly Poppy (Argemone munita) Greater Quaking Grass (Briza maxima) Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) Moroccan Toadflax (Linaria maroccana)

Musk Filaree (Erodium moschatum) Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) Pistacio flowers and leaves More Pistacio flowers Rock Dove

Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) Mystery sandpiper Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) Smooth (or Common) Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) European Milkwort (Tolpis barbata)

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  4/20/23

Algerian Vetch (Vicia benghalensis) Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) Bermuda Buttercups (Oxalis pes-caprae) Tufted Poppies (Eschscholzia caespitosa) Calla Lily (Zantedescia aethiopica)

Canada Goose Common Mallow (Malva synvestris) Common Mallow (Malva synvestris) Crane fly English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Treasure Flower (Gazania linearis) Treasure Flower (Gazania linearis) Treasure Flower (Gazania linearis) Western Grebe Gull

Male House Finch Ice Plants (Carpobrotus edulis) Jointed Charlock (Raphanus raphanistrum) Musk Filaree (Erodium moschatum) Oblong Spurge (Euphorbia oblongata)

Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea) Male Red-winged Blackbird Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) Another Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

 
Westringia fruticosa Wild Radish-Jointed Charlock hybrid   Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus)  

Larkspur, Marin County, CA 4/19/23

   
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon variety) American Robin Slender Wild Oats (Avena barbata)    

Durham, NC  4/17/23

Male Eastern Bluebird Braconid wasp (Cotesia genus) cocoons Hoverfly (Toxomerus geminatus) Male House Finch Same male House Finch Two Flower Dwarf Dandelions (Krigia biflora)

Jumping spider (probably female Paraphidippus aurantius) Same jumping spider Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata) Pearl Crescent Jumping spider ( male Pelegrina proterva)

Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva) Red-banded Hairstreak Red-banded Hairstreak Red-banded Hairstreak Squash Bug

Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse with caterpillar prey

Tufted Titmouse with caterpillar prey Two Flower Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia biflora) Antmimic spider (Castaneira longipalpa) Sawtooth Blackberries (Rubus arguta) Boxelder Bug

 
Bulbous Buttercups (Ranunculus bulbosus) Male Northern Cardinal Chestnut Oak Crab spider  

Durham, NC  4/16/23

 
Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) buds, flower, and leaf Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) flower and bud Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre) Thread-waisted wasp  

Durham, NC  4/15/23

Blue Jay Carolina Crane's-bill (Geranium caroliniana) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Dovefoot Geranium (Geranium molle) Eastern Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis) Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) Gray Everlasting (Gamochaeta coarctata) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) flowers and buds Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) buds

Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) flowers and buds Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis virginica) flower Parlin's Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii) buds Parlin's Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii) whole plants Two little pine trees

Red Tip Photinia (Photinia glabra and Photinia serratifolia hybrid River Birch (Betula nigra) catkins, all female Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus) Sticky Willy (Galium aparine) Tufted Titmouse

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC 4/12/23

Carpet beetle (Anthrenus thoracicus)

Clerid beetle (Pelonides quadripunctata)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Dwarf-flowered Heartleaf (Hexastylis naniflora) Fly

Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) Hairy-jointed Meadow Parsnip (Thaspium barbinode) Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Longhorn beetles (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Longhorn beetles (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium)

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) Mesh web weaver (Dictyna foliacea) Orchard Spider Rattlesnakeweed (Hieracium venosum) Rattlesnakeweed (Hieracium venosum)

 
Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus) Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) and Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) Sweet cicely Same sweet cicely  

Tent caterpillar Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera) flower Two-flower Melicgrass (Melica mutica) Violet Wood-sorrel (Oxalis violacea) Southern Wild Comfrey (Andersonglossum virginianum). There is some disagreement about whether it is Cynoglossum virginianum.

 
Southern Wild Comfrey (Andersonglossum virginianum). Southern Wild Comfrey (Andersonglossum virginianum). Immature Wild Yam  (Dioscorea villosa) Yellow-rumped Warbler  

Durham, NC  4/11/23

 
Sticky Willy (Galium aparine) Eastern Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Tiny Bluets (Houstonia pusilla)  

Durham, NC  4/10/23

Barklouse Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica), with a bee Buprestid beetle Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex) Crab spider (Xysticus genus) Dwarf dandelion (Krigia genus) Female Eastern Bluebird Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Same jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Large Bee Fly Mystery object Squarrose Sedge (Carex squarrosa), finishing up its s Squarrose Sedge (Carex squarrosa) seedhead

Eastern Riger Swallowtail Twig Ant (Pseudomyrmex ejectus) Weevil Jumping spider and weevil White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Durham, NC  4/9/23

Bronzed Cutworm (Nephelodes minians) Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Eastern Brownsnake

Durham, NC  4/6/23

Encyrtid wasp (Adelencyrtus  genus) Baby pine tree Squarrose Sedge (Carex squarrosa) flowers Megachilid bee Part of a dead tree with many holes.  Several megachilid bees visited several holes apiece while I watched. Millipede (Sigmoria aberrans)

Stiff Marsh Bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) Mating Carolina Anoles Same mating Carolina Anoles Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arventis) Corn Speedwells (Veronica arventis) Corn Speedwells (Veronica arventis) Crab spider Crab spider (Mecaphesa dubia)

Fivespot (Nemophila maculata), partially eaten Another Fivespot (Nemophila maculata) Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva)

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC   4/4/23

 
Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) Male juvie Northern Cardinal Carolina Anole    

Five-lined Skink Goldenseal Another Goldenseal Tadpole? Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis virginica)

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  4/4/23

Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Rove beetle (Oxypoda genus) and Buffalo Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae) Caterpillar attacked by ants Clover Stem Borer (Languria mozardi) Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis virginica)

Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis virginica) Longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) on Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Another longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) Another longhorn beetle (Molorchus bimaculatus) Longhorn beetles (Molorchus bimaculatus)

 
Soldier fly (Stratiomyini tribe) Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) Star Chickweeds (Stellaria pubera) Pale Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia?)  

Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Common Cornsalad (Valerianella locusta) Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Another Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

 
Longhorn bee Baby pine Eastern Gray Squirrel Yellow-rumped Warbler Robber fly (Laphria divisor)  

Durham, NC  4/2/23

Ant with crane fly prey Baskettail Bee on Common Dandelion Beetle Same beetle

Black Willow (Salix nigra) Black Willow (Salix nigra) Boxelder Bugs mating Boxelder Maple (Acer negundo) Carolina Crane's-bill (Geranium carolinianum)

Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) buds Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiata) flowers Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Dark Hoplia (Hoplia trivialis) Female Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird pair Eastern Tailed-blues Eastern Tailed-blues Eastern Tailed-blues Oriental False Hawkweed (Youngi japonica)

Gall in branch Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Leafhopper Pearl Crescent Red-shouldered Hawk

River Birch (Betula nigra) catkins River Birch (Betula nigra) catkins Seed Shrimps (Ostracoda class) Seed Shrimps (Ostracoda class) Sticky willy (Galium aparine)

Tufted Titmouse Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Chalcidoid wasp (Pteromalus genus) Woodland Spurge (Euphorbia obtusata)

Woodland Spurge (Euphorbia obtusata) Woodland Spurge (Euphorbia obtusata) Yellow Poplar Weevil Same Yellow Poplar Weevil

Durham, NC  4/1/23

       
Cooper's Hawk        

 

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