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July 2010

Durham, NC  7/31/10

Fourteen-spotted Leaf Beetle (a Casebearer beetle, Cryptocephalus guttulatus), about 4 mm long Red Admiral (ventral wing view)      

Durham, NC  7/30/10

After a long drought, we had a day of rain and two brief thunderstorms, the latter taking place the previous night.

Female Eastern Amberwing, in a swamp Chinch Bug (Blissus leucopterus) on a cattail leaf Male Great Blue Skimmer, over a large water pipe Immature Great Blue Skimmer, on the edge of a power line cut  

Least Skipper, in a marsh Slaty Skimmer, in a power line cut near a swamp Leafcutter bee (Megachile genus) Pearl Crescent  

Robber fly Aphid (about 1 mm long)      

Durham, NC  7/27/10

Oncemarried Underwing (Catocala unijuga), unable to fly.        

Durham, NC  7/25/10

These photos were taken at night.

Leafhopper (Osbornellus limosus) Thread-legged bug (Empicoris rubromaculatus).  This insect quivered while walking, which some stick insects do.      

Durham, NC  7/23/10

Male gall midge (Porricondylinae subfamily, Cecidomyiidae family), about 2 mm long May beetle (Phyllophaga genus)

Durham, NC  7/21/10

Deep-yellow Euchlaena (Euchlaena amoenaria) Leafhopper (Gyponana cacumina)      

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  7/18/10

Blue Dasher in obelisk position on lotus.  This angle says it's pretty hot, but not maximally so. Clubtail Scaly Cricket Common Wood Nymph, hiding behind a leaf Silver-spotted Skipper

Sweet Pepperbush Stokes' Aster Stemless Ironweed Lotus Hercules' Club

Durham, NC 7/16/10

Harris' Three Spot (Harrisimemna trisignata, Acronictinae subfamily), an owlet moth, i.e., Harrisimemna trisignata.  ID by Lori Gilbert Owenby and Maury J. Heiman,  independently.        

Durham, NC  7/15/10

Fulgorid Planthopper (Alphina glauca), about half an inch long.  Photo taken at night.  ID thanks to John and Jane Balaban.          

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  7/12/10

Red Admiral Appalachian Brown Hackberry Emperor Paper wasp (great camouflage)  

St. Andrew's Cross Long-necked Seed Bug (Myodocha serripes) Leaf-cutter bees (Megachile genus). They were motionless on dead flowers; one eventually flew away. My guess is that the one was trying to figure out what was wrong with the other.    

Durham, NC  7/11/10

Longhorn beetle (probably a Rustic Borer) captured by a spider.  Photo taken at night.        

American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC  7/8/10

Assassin Bug (Pselliopus cinctus) with prey        

Brown Stink Bug        

Durham, NC  7/7/10

Green Lacewing and Funnel Web Spider. Photo taken at night.        

Durham, NC  7/5/10

Leafhopper (Osbornellus genus).  Photo taken at night.        

Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  7/2/10

Fire Pink.  Even though it looks red with the naked eye, this flower photographs pink in intense light. Sawfly larva, curled up on this chilly morning Cuckoo Bee on Common Milkweed Marsh Fly (Euthycera arctuata) Stiletto Fly (Spiriverpa genus), Therevidae family

The lake, with hundreds of water lilies An island in the lake Bee balm The lake, seen from the house  

Boone Greenway Trail, Watauga County, NC  7/2/10

Forget-me-not flowers Cabbage White St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Whitefly (about 1 mm long) Jumping spider (about 1 mm long), actually seen in town

Angelica Blowfly on Queen Anne's Lace Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) and some grasses    

Boone (in town), Watauga County, NC  7/2/10

Lined June Beetle (Polyphylla comes, Melolonthinae subfamily), about an inch long.  It hissed loudly as I put it in the bushes.  It was hiding its antennae. Same Lined June Beetle, closeup      

Linn Cove Viaduct Visitors Center area, Avery County, NC  7/1/10

Umbrella-leaf (Diphylleia cymosa) Moss Leafhopper (Graphocephalus) Squawroot (Conopholis americana), past blooming. Yes, this is just the infloresence!State-listed in NH, NY and RI. Bee fly  

Stonefly (Agnetina genus) Bee-balm (Monarda fistulosa?) Flower spider Locust Leafminer beetle Eastern Tailed Blue on legume family member

Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Pale Jewelweed Orange Sulphur (somewhat foreshortened) Fire Pink    


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