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December 2022

Durham, NC  12/31/22

Male Eastern Bluebird Mystery object, maybe a deserted kite Red-shouldered Hawk Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow

Female Northern Cardinal Chipping Sparrow      

Durham, NC 12/30/22

Greenbriar (Smilax genus) fruits Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Another jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum)

Jumping spider (Hentzia genus) with aphid prey Dwarf spider Another dwarf spider Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren

Durham, NC  12/28/22

Buffalo Treehopper     Gall midge Another species of gall midge

Running crab spider (Tmarus genus) Spider (Hypsosinga genus) Another mystery spider    

Durham, NC  12/27/22

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker Same male Red-bellied Woodpecker Ruby-crowned Kinglet Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet Yellow-rumped Warbler


Durham, NC  12/26/22

Some of a lot of ice Mourning Dove      

Durham, NC  12/23/22: The approach of a cold front

Dark clouds The sun on the trees as the dark clouds approached Afterward    

Durham, NC  12/19/22

White-throated Sparrow Turkey Vultures Turkey Vultures and at least one Black Vulture    

Durham, NC  12/18/22

Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Plant bug Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia, var. sororia)

Ichneumon wasp (Gelis genus) Ichneumon wasp (Gelis genus) Jumping plant louse Puffball Same puffball

Durham, NC  12/17/22

Crab spider (Synema parvulum) Dwarf spider Heptagonal Orb Weaver (Gea heptagon) Mesh web weaver  

McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/11/22

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Another Golden-fronted Woodpecker A third Golden-fronted Woodpecker, on a large palm tree Great-tailed Grackle Mourning Dove

Mourning Doves        

McAllen International Airport, Hidalgo County, TX  12/12/22

Butterflight Exhibit, the work of an unknown artist        

National Butterfly Center, Mission, Hidalgo County, TX  12/11/22

Most likely Huisache or Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana or A. smallii) American Snout Checkered skipper Dorantes Longtail Same Dorantes Longtail

Empress Leilia Golden-fronted Woodpecker Great-tailed Grackle Ten Great-tailed Grackles Green Jay

Green Jay Another Green Jay Large Orange Sulphur Fly and largid bug (Largus californicus) Largid bug (Largus californicus)

Largid bugs (Largus californicus) Mexican Bluewing Oriental Latrine Fly (Chrysomya megacephala) Queen Another Queen

Seven Queens Seven Queens Santa Maria Feverfew (Parthenium hysterophorus) Might be a Fiery Skipper Tawny Emperor and a largid bug (Largus californicus)

Tawny Emperor Tropical Leafwing, with a partially obscuring fly Queen on Fewflower Milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata)    

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/10/22

Clay-colored Thrush Mystery fruits Green Jay White Lantana Plain Chacalaca

Another Plain Chacalaca Juvie male Red-winged Blackbird Same juvie male Red-winged Blackbird Texas Olive (Cordia boissieri)  

White-winged Dove, actually seen from the parking lot     White-winged Doves  

National Butterfly Center, Mission, Hidalgo County, TX  12/9/22

Mystery aster Clouded Skipper Another Clouded Skipper Dusky Blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon) Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)

Eufala Skipper Gulf Fritillary      

Large Orange Sulphur   Monarch Mushrooms More mushrooms

Paper wasp Queen Reakirt's Blue Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) Scarlet Wild Basil (ID uncertain)

Southern Dogface Tawny Emperor Another Tawny Emperor Tridax Daisy (Tridax procumbens), on a long stalk Tropical Checkered Skipper

Key West Buttercup (Turnera subulata) Probably Clouded Skipper on mystery wildflowers Upright Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) Whitemouth Dayflower (Commelina erecta)  

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/8/22

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver Four-nerved Daisy (Hymenoxys scaposa) Four-nerved Daisy (Hymenoxys scaposa) Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker Great Kiskadee

Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) Mint Night-blooming Cereus fruit, fallen Queen Same Queen

Red Admiral White Lantana? Clay-colored Thrush Another Clay-colored Thrush Other Clay-colored Thrushes

McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/8/22

Male Northern Cardinal Curve-billed Thrasher Great Kiskadee    

Same Great Kiskadee Male Ladder-backed Woodpecker Female Ladder-backed Woodpecker Northern Mockingbird Pride of Brazil (Tipuana tipu) White-winged Dove

Aerial views of McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/7/22

Interesting island construction Mansion Route 2 Rich neighborhood Modernistic white mansion and environs

Sunrise going west from NC        

Durham, NC  12/5/22

Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Barred Owl with Eastern Gray Squirrel prey Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Pileated Woodpecker Eastern Gray Squirrel, announcing its territory

Wolf spider        

Durham, NC  12/2/22

Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus) Anglepod (Gonolobus suberosus)  

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