Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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August 2013

Durham, NC  8/30/13

Male Argiope genus spider.  ID thanks to Lynette Schimming. Micrathena sagitatta Unusual pink ironweed Coral Honeysuckle Five-lined Skink

Durham, NC  8/29/13

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Lantana Orchard Spider Young Eastern Bluebird Stink bug Assassin bug (Zelus genus)  

Durham, NC 8/27/13

Dewdrop spider (Argyrodes genus) with orb weaver prey.  Species may be elevatus. Dewdrop spider (Argyrodes genus) attacking orb weaver prey    

Durham, NC  8/26/13

Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) on grass, seen at the marsh Argiope aurantia spider That spider's prey, a dragonfly, most likely a Great Blue Skimmer Wrapping up the dragonfly, which took three seconds at most.  

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  8/25/13

Black form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), a poisonous plant Luna Moth (Actias luna) Nursery Web Spider Orb weaver (Mangora genus)

Passionflower Passionflowers Passionfruit Spurred Butterfly Pea Male Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans). ID thanks to Bill Myers.  He cautioned me that it was a tentative ID.

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  8/23/13

Redheaded Bush Cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus) Beetle Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle  

Robber fly with prey.  It landed on my shirt. Swarthy Skipper Smooth Flower Spider with wasp prey Triangulate Orb Weaver  

Weevil on goldenrod Male Zabulon
Pea flowers Grass  

Carolina Satyr Another Carolina Satyr Chinese Lespedeza Pearl Crescent  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/21/13

Redheaded Ash Borer (Neoclytus acuminatus) Orb weaver (Araneus bivittatus)      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  8/20/13

Carolina Satyr  Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails on Swamp Milkweed, next to a rosebush  Groundnut  Question Mark   

Silver-spotted Skipper  Pea plant  Mating Carolina Satyrs  Ambush bug attacking a moth  

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, Durham County, NC  8/16/13

American Snout Question Mark Red-banded Hairstreak Picture-winged fly (Tritoxa flexa) Sachem

Owlet moth (Spragueia leo) Hackberry Emperor Passionflower Passionflower  

Red Admiral Trailing Wild Bean Pearl Crescent Sleepy Orange  

Durham, NC 8/15/13

Stink bug Leaffooted bug      

Durham, NC  8/14/13

Firefly beetle (Photuris genus) Eastern Tailed Blue Snowberry Clearwing Moth    

Durham, NC  8/12/13

Planthopper Parasite Moth  (Fulgoraecia exigua) caterpillar that fell out of a tree Orb weaver (Mangora placida), a little different from the usual.      

Durham, NC  8/10/13

These appeared mostly in my local marsh.

Rambur's Forktail Soldier fly (Microchrysa polita) Flower fly (Lejops chrysostomu). ID thanks to Martin Hauser. Male Citrine Forktail Least Skipper

Leafhopper (Exitianus exitiosus) Peppered Jumping Spider Male Slaty Skimmer, Third Fork Creek Trail Spicebush Swallowtail, Third Fork Creek Trail Assassin bug (Zelus genus)

Green Lynx Spider Brown Stink Bug on smartweed Little Glassywing    

Durham, NC  8/8/13

Teneral Great Blue Skimmer Male Fiery Skipper Eastern Phoebe Teneral Widow Skimmer  

Female House Sparrow        

Durham, NC  8/7/13

Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Female and male American Goldfinches      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  8/6/13

Recent metamorph (Copes?) Gray Treefrog, a little less than an inch long A mantid exuvia (cast-off exoskeleton)      

Durham, NC  8/5/13

Hentz Orb Weaver (Neoscona crucifera) Yellow-collared Scape Moth Looks like a hybrid Southern Leopard Frog and a Green Frog, showed up far from water, unlike typical Green Frogs    

Durham, NC  8/4/13

THE green roof in our neighborhood (Chapel Hill Tire Co.) American Lady

Durham, NC  8/3/13

Rabid Wolf Spider (I think!)        

Durham, NC  8/1/13

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on ironweed American Goldfinch on sunflower      

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