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February 2023

Durham, NC 2/28/23

Dimpled Trout Lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum) Female Eastern Bluebird Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Confederate Violet (Viola sororia var. priceana)

Durham, NC 2/27/23

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia var. sororia) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum) Dwarf spider Flower fly (Toxomerus marginatus)

Miniature roses Minute Pirate Bug (Orius insidiosus) Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Running crab spider Hackberry Petiole Gall Psyllid (Pachypsylla venusta), causing this gall on an American Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Tiny Bluet (Houstonia pusilla) Parasitoid wasp Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) seedheads    

Durham, NC  2/24/23

Boxelder bug Carolina Wren A juvie Carolina Wren Common Blue Violet Eastern Brownsnake

Smae Eastern Brownsnake Maybe American Elm Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) with wasp prey Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum)  

Parasitoid wasp Red maple samaras Sawfly (Xyela genus) Spider Tufted Titmouse

Durham, NC  2/23/23

Globular springtail (Bourletiella genus) Globular springtail (Bourletiella genus) Globular springtail (Bourletiella genus) Globular spingtails (Bourletiella genus) Globular spingtails (Bourletiella genus)

Globular spingtails (Bourletiella genus) Globular spingtails (Bourletiella genus) Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Seed shrimp Seed shrimp

Seed shrimps        

Durham, NC  2/22/23

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bug nymph Daffodils, far from any residences Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Dwarf spider

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Female midge Eastern Phoebe Red Maple (Acer rubrum) flowers

Star-bellied Orb Weaver Turtle Yellow-rumped Warbler    

Durham, NC  2/21/23

Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum) Dimpled Trout Lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)    

Sarasota, FL  2/19/23

Horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) Nutall's Sensitive Briar (Mimosa nuttalli) Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) Eastern Gray Squirrel sounding off

White Orchid Tree (Bauhinia acuminata) Blue Jay Grackle    

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, FL  2/18/23

American Black Duck Common Gallinule Common Gallinule Common Gallinule Flamingos

Flamingo Ostrich Peacock Tail Prairie Dog White Ibis

Sarasota, FL 2/18/23

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker putting an acorn in his nest Same male red-bellied woodpecker Another White Peacock Airplant Pink motel Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis), a Madagascar native

Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis), a Madagascar native Fig tree Java Glorybower (Clerodendrum speciosissimum) Passionvine

Sarasota, FL 2/17/23

Airplane Country Mallow (Sida Cordifolia) Crowfootgrass (Dactyloctenium aegyptium) Horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) Pink Wood-sorrel (Oxalis debilis)

South Lido County Park, Sarasota County, FL  2/17/23

Bird Key, seen across Sarasota Bay Common Loon diving Same Common Loon Same Common Loon  

Cuban Anole Grass with dew Palm Warbler Parakeet  

Sanderling Same Sanderling Scorpion's Tail (Heliotropium angiospermum) Sea Oxeye Daisy (Borrichia frutescens) Silverhead (Blutaparon vermiliculare) Snowy Egret Same Snowy Egret

Sarasota, FL  2/16/23

Small plane Probably a military plane Creeping Oxeye (Sphagneticola trilobata).  Considered to be an invasive plant. Banyan tree (Ficus genus, subgenus Urostigma) fruits and leaves, New College Same Banyan tree (Ficus genus, subgenus Urostigma) fruits and leaves, New College

Black-and-white Warbler Blue Jay Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Cuban Anole Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)

Lanceleaf Frogfruit (Phyla lanceolata) Red-shouldered Hawk Horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) Largeflower Mexican Clover (Richardia grandiflora) Pink Wood-sorrel (Oxalis debilis)

Powderpuff Tree (Calliandra haematocephala) Ring-necked Duck pair in a pond near the airport Ring-necked Ducks in a pond near the airport Rosary Pea or Crab's Eyes (Abrus precatorius) Fruit of Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Same Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana) Sculpture on New College campus Shepherd's Needles (Bidens alba), with two tiny flies Shepherd's Needles (Bidens alba) Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) Wood Duck pair

Florida Tasselflower (Emilia fosberghii) Lilac Tasselflower or Cupid's Shaving Brush (Emilia sonchifolia) White Peacock Same White Peacock Wood Duck  

Sarasota Bay, Florida  2/16/23

Forster's Tern Four Forster's Terns Two Forster's Terns Red-breasted Merganser taking off  

Red-breasted Merganser with fish prey Red-breasted Mergansers flying Red-breasted Mergansers swimming Snowy Egret flying  

Durham, NC  2/14/23

Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythonium umbilicum). Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.        

Durham, NC  2/13/23

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Male sawfly (Xyela genus) Female sawfly (Xyela genus) Male sawfly (Xyela genus)  

Same sawfly (Xyela genus) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Crab spider (Synema parvula) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) female flowers Red Maple (Acer rubrum) female flowers

Durham, NC  2/10/23

White-throated Sparrow Crane Fly Orchid winter leaf Airliner    

Durham, NC  2/9/23

Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) Male House Finch Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Ruby-crowned Kinglet Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet eating something on this little tree Walking trail art      

Durham, NC  2/8/23

Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) Jumping spider (Attidops youngi) Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) Wolf spider

Durham, NC  2/7/23

Juvie Carolina Wren       Red Maple (Acer rubrum) male flowers

White-breasted Nuthatch Dwarf spider Another dwarf spider Tachinid fly  

Durham, NC  2/6/23

Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) bud Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) flower

Velvet Mite        

Durham, NC 2/5/23

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)        

Durham, NC  2/4/23

Airplane Cocoon Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Yellow variant Red Maple (Acer rubrum) male flowers Red Maple (Acer rubrum) male flowers

White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch Chipping Sparrow  


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