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August 2020

Durham, NC,  8/31/20

Thread-waisted wasp Another thread-waisted wasp on Garlic Chives Yet another thread-waisted wasp Wolf spider Male Zabulon Skipper

Durham, NC  8/30/20

Garden spider (Argiope aurantia) Tiny mating beetles Boxelder samaras Sericea Lespedeza Crab spider

Cutleaf Coneflower Cypress Vine Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Mushroom near the Thicket Bean Marbled Orb Weaver

Orchard Spider Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) seeds Mystery wildflower Same mystery wildflower  

Durham, NC  8/29/20

Black-bordered Lemon Moth Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher Buttonbush inflorescence and seedheads Juvie female Northern Cardinal

Juvie female Northern Cardinal Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa) Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa)

Dun Skipper Same Dun Skipper False pimpernel Female Fiery Skipper Fungus

Galium genus Goldenrod (Solidago genus) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus)

American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) Juvie House Finches Katydid    

Northern Mockingbird Monarch Orchard Spider Prostrate Spurge (Euphorbia maculata) Larger portion of the Prostrate Spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

Redstar (Ipomoea coccinea) Tomato, found in a power line cut.  Not naturally growing in this climate. Virgin's Bower    

Durham, NC  8/28/20

Painted Lady on Garlic Chive Same Painted Lady on another Garlic Chive Painted Lady on yet another Garlic Chive    

Durham, NC  8/27/20

Painted Lady on Garlic Chive Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) Spreading Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) A nearby Spreading Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula)

Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis) Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) fruit Another Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) fruit on the same bush Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle laying eggs Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle laying eggs

Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle laying eggs Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle laying eggs Eggs of the same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Mystery fly Garlic Chives

Painted Lady Puffball      

Durham, NC  8/26/20

Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) infloresence turning into a seedhead Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) infloresence      

Durham, NC  8/25/20

Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) seedhead Common Groundsel seedheads and blooms Feather, perhaps of a Red-shouldered Hawk Groundnut (Apios americana) Leaf-footed bug nymph

Puffball, with dark top Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Thicket Bean Mystery wildflower  

Durham, NC  8/24/20 (more)

Cardinal Flowers Chipping Sparrow Male Eastern Bluebird Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosus) Ironweed (Vernonia genus)


Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica) Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)      

Durham, NC  8/24/20

Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Common Boneset (Euptorium perfoliatum) Common Yellow Wood-sorrel Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) Dun Skipper

Eggs, probably of Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Female Fiery Skipper Male Fiery Skipper Another male Fiery Skipper Flies mating, with spectator

Fly on smartweed Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Marsh fly (Tetanocera genus) Snout moth Puffball

Pandora Sphinx Pearl Crescent on dew-laden grass Transitional male Eastern Pondhawk Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Six-spotted Shining Leaf Beetle

Sleepy Orange Smartweed Soldier fly (Sargus genus).  ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Spined Assassin Bug Swamp Smartweed (Persicaria hydropiperoides)

Pale Smartweed (Persicaria lapathifolia) Viceroy Mystery wildflower    

Durham, NC  8/22/20

Spider (Argiope aurantia) Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) Another Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) Click beetle

Clip-wing Grasshopper (Metaleptea brevicornis) Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) Gray Everlasting (Gamochaeta coarctata) Least Skipper Crambid moth (Epipagis fenestralis)

Short-winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis) Snail Swamp Milkweed Beetle Thicket Bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Triangulate Orb Weaver

Velvet Mite Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Mystery wildflower Same mystery wildflower

Durham, NC  8/21/20

Prominent moth caterpillar (probably Peridea angulosa), on underside of sycamore leaf Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens) Dark Fishing Spider False Crocus Geometer Moth Grasshopper


Grasshopper Leaf-footed bug nymph Robber flies mating Six-spotted Shining Leaf Beetle Six-spotted Shining Leaf Beetle


Spotted Ladybug Beetles (Coleomegilla maculata) Stiletto fly Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana) Velvet Mite, seen on fennel Six-spotted Fishing Spider

Durham, NC  8/20/20

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Arabesque Orb Weaver Chives buds Cutleaf Coneflower  

Durham, NC  8/18/20

Braconid wasp Brazilian Verbena (Verbena brasiliensis) Carpenter Bee on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) Calligrapha bidenticola beetles mating Cockroach

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) flower and fruit Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruits, one past ripe Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruits Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) False Nutsedge (Cyperus strigosus)

Pine Tree Spur-Throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus).  ID thanks to Brandon Woo. Groundnut (Apios americana) Leaf-footed bug nymph on Creeping Cucumber Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Little White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)

Long-jawed orb weaver Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Planthopper (Mysidia mississippiensis) Juvenile Six-spotted Fishing Spider Southern Crabgrass

Swamp Smartweed (Persicaria hydropiperoides) Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Common Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)  

Durham, NC  8/16/20

Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) Green Treefrog Last flower on the Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Horseweed seedhead Horseweed seedheads      

Durham, NC  8/14/20

Red-headed Bush Cricket displaying, apparently to another on the same leaf Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) Planthopper (Mysidia mississippiensis) Planthopper Parasite Moth larva (maybe Fulgoraecia exigua) Argid sawfly

Orb weaver (Mangora placida) Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) More Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) Flowers of a Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Flowers of mystery plant

Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Mystery wildflower, maybe a vervain.      

Durham, NC  8/13/20

Ambush bug nymph Broad-shouldered Sharpshooter Leaf-footed bug nymph Creeping Cucumber flower Ripe Creeping Cucumber fruit

Ripening Creeping Cucumber fruit Unripe Creeping Cucumber fruit Groundnut (Apios americana) Leaf-footed bug on Creeping Cucumber fruit Ragweed Leaf Beetle

Ragleaf Leaf Beetle Robber fly (Efferia aestuans) Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana) More Virgin's Bower Tiny weevil

Fly Katydid        

Southern Pearly Eye Orchard Spider Robber fly (Promachus genus) Mystery wildflower Male Zabulon Skipper

Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense)      

Durham, NC  8/11/20

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruit Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) leaf, fruit, and flower Sassafras leaves, showing the different shape patterns Spreading Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandifolia)

Durham, NC  8/9/20

Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum), turned artificially purple by the low light Triangulate Orb Weaver (dorsal view) Triangulate Orb Weaver (ventral view) Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) Web

False Dandelions (Hypochaeris radicata) Fly Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) fruit American Hophornbeam (Ostrya americana) Pink ironweed (Vernonia genus) variant

Typical purple ironweed Mystery caterpillar Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens)

Fishing spider (Dolomedes genus) with egg sacs on Stickywilly Fishing spider (Dolomedes genus) with leafhopper or aphid prey Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Red-headed Bush Cricket Rough Buttonweed (Diodella teres)

Southern Crabgrass (Digitaria ciliaris) Flowers of Southern Crabgrass (Digitaria ciliaris) Toy plane in flight Same plane  

Warty leaf beetle Same warty leaf beetle Same warty leaf beetle Probably Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)  

Durham, NC  8/7/20

Feather-legged Orb Weaver (Uloborus glomosus) with egg sac, on underside of a sycamore leaf Marbled Orb Weaver Planthopper (Mysidia mississippiensis)    

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) flowers and buds Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) leaves and flowers More Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) flowers Wandering Glider Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) seedhead

Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Normal rainbow Rainbow with interruptions Wasp (Scolia nobilitata) Spined Assassin Bug nymph

Probably Rough Buttonweed (Diodella teres) Mystery caterpillar        

Durham, NC  8/6/20

Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris) Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Mimulus alatus) St. Andrew's Cross (Hypericum hypericoides) Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Triangulate Orb Weaver        

Durham, NC  8/4/20

Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) bud, from China and invasive Froghopper nymph, with a bit of foam still on it Same froghopper nymph, later Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph Adult Red-headed Bush Cricket


Mating Swamp Milkweed Beetles Black Vulture Red-necked Cane Borer Great Blue Skimmer Web


Mottled Tortoise Beetle Same Mottled Tortoise Beetlle Golden Tortoise Beetle    

Durham, NC  8/2/20

False Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) seedhead Goldenrod (Solidago genus) Mushroom Spreading Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Male Eastern Bluebird Goldenrod Skeletonizing leaf beetle (Ophraella conferta) Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Just a small part of an area covered with wood chips        

Durham, NC  8/1/20

Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens) Mystery eggs False Nutsedge (Cyperus strigosus) Grass? Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) White-banded Crab Spider on Dogbane Hemp Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Close-up of the Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)  


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