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July 2021

Durham, NC  7/29/21

Juvie Brown Thrasher with prey Adult Brown Thrasher Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Carolina Dayflower (Commelina caroliniana) Carolina Chickadee on cattail

Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee Common Wingstem Male Fiery Skipper

Gladiolus, our yard Horseweed Fleabane (Conyza canadensis) Ocola Skipper Male Eastern Pondhawk Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus) More Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

Durham, NC  7/28/21

Teneral Copes' Gray Treefrog Young crab spider Elongate springtail False Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus carolinianus) seedhead Mock Strawberry (Potentilla indica)

Orb weaver (Mangora genus) Red-headed Bush Cricket Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), showing white flowers More Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)  

Switchgrass Velvet Mite      

Durham, NC  7/26/21

Female Blue Dasher Cardinal Flower Citrus Flatid Planthopper Common Wingstem Damselfly


Goldenrod Great Blue Skimmer Kudzu Bug Same Kudzu Bug  


Kudzu Bug Lacewing egg Leafhopper Leafhopper nymph  


Robber fly with damselfly prey Same robber fly with damselfly prey      

Durham, NC  7/25/21

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Basilica Spider Same Basilica Spider Bowl-and-doily Spider

Juvie male Northern Carolina, molting Violet Dander Franks' Sedge (Carex frankii) Goldenrod (Solidago genus)  

Praying Mantis Planthopper Parasite Moth caterpillar Same planthopper Parasite Moth caterpillar Red-banded Hairstreak Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph

Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Spider wasp Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Swamp Milkweed Beetle  

Velvet Mite        

Durham (north end of the Third Fork Creek Trail), NC  7/24/21

Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos).  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.        

Durham (north end of the Third Fork Creek Trail), NC  7/23/21

Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) Male Great Blue Skimmer Box Elder samaras

Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) Another Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) Climbing Hempvine Common Milkweed seed pods Common St. John's Wort

False Dandelion False Dandelion seedhead Fleabane Goldenrod buds  

Mystery grass Carolina Horsenettle Ironweed Ironweed Japanese Spindle Tree

Joe-Pye-Weed Another Joe-Pye-Weed Large Milkweed Bug Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia septium) Another Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia septium)

Persimmon Same Persimmon Same Persimmon Poison Ivy, with fruits River Oats

River Oats Rose Mallow St. Andrew's Cross Another St. Andrew's Cross Swamp Milkweed

Switchgrass Virginia Dayflower Web White Avens Wild Potato Vine (Ipomoea pandurata), Durham, NC, 7/23/21

Durham, NC  7/22/21

Funnel web spider Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Another Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula)    

Durham, NC  7/21/21

Ambush bug nymph Same ambush bug nymph Same ambush bug nymph American Black Elderberry fruits Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

Clasping-leaf St. John's Wort, with a wasp and flower fly Click beetle Mystery fly Goldenrod (Solidago genus) Juvie Eastern Bluebird and father

Large Milkweed Bug Another Large Milkweed Bug Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus) close-up Lizard's Tail l (Saururus cernuus) Airliner (United)

Large Milkweed Bug Swamp Swamp Milkweed Beetle Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) Mystery buds

Durham, NC  7/19/21

Buckeye Herbwilliam Eastern Hophornbeam (Ostrya virigniana) catkin Japanese Spindle Tree (Euonymus japonicus) seedhead Mint plant, found near pond after heavy rain. Possibly Small Skullcap (Scutellaria parvula)

Same mint plant Shining leaf beetle (Neolema sexpunctata) Silver-spotted Skipper and bumblebees Silver-spotted Skipper and bumblebees Bee on Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), a cultivated plant

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris) Japanese Beetle pile-up  

Leaf-footed bug nymph Same leaf-footed bug nymph Later instar leaf-footed bug nymph Mesh web weaver Rambur's Forktail

Red Admiral Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)      

Durham, NC  7/17/21

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Juvie female Northern Cardinal Chipping Sparrow Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Devils' Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa)


Dog Fennel Green June Beetle No common name (Ommatius tibialis), Durham, NC, 7/17/21 Hearts-a-bustin' Broken part of Horseweed


Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) Orchard Spider Seedbox Spider exuvia Another spider exuvia


Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) Thread-waisted Wasp Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana)  

Durham, NC  7/16/21

Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) Crab spider Dew on grass Fiddle Dock (Rumex pulcher) Lace bug nymph

Little fruit fly Same little fruit fly Tarnished Plant Bug Two-lined Froghoppers Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

Durham, NC  7/15/21

Appalachian Brown Female Blue Dasher Mystery skimmer Mutant flower Lace bug nymph

Lace bug nymph Large Milkweed Bug Praying Mantis Same Praying Mantis Wasp

Durham, NC  7/14/21

American Black Elderberry (Sambuca nigra) Juvie male Northern Cardinal Columbine (in private yard, but maybe not cultivated) Fiddle Dock (Rumex pulcher) Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

Lace bug eggs Green lacewing egg Leaf-footed bug nymph Juvie Red-winged Blackbird on soccer goal Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female Red-winged Blackbird Same female Red-winged Blackbird Juvie Red-winged Blackbird, sliding down a soccer goal and returning to the top to slide down again, apparently for fun Mystery wildflower Mystery wildflower

Goldenrod (Solidago genus) Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus) Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus) Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus)  

Durham, NC  7/13/21

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Bowl-and-doily Spider Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) fruits Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) flowers Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

Elongate springtail Great Blue Skimmer Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) Japanese Spindle Tree (Euonymus japonicus) Purple-node Joe-Pye-weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

Lace bug eggs Leaf-footed bug nymph Orb weaver (Mangora genus) Milkweed Bug nymph  

Pearl Crescent Teneral male Eastern Pondhawk Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Smallspike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Long-jawed orb weaver

St. John's Wort St. John's Wort Strawberry Rootworm Beetle Billbug and another weevil Winged ant

Durham, NC  7/12/21

Brown Thrasher Carolina Dayflower Cat's Ear Dandelion Common Plantain Crabgrass

Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) Dog Fennel Horseweed

Mild Waterpepper (Persicaria hydropiperoides) Rose Chafer Beetle Seedbox Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Another Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula)

Stream Wasp Web-spinning sawfly larva in the act of spinning threads Another web-spinning sawfly larva in the act of spinning threads Web-spinning sawfly larva in the act of spinning threads

Web-spinning sawfly larvae with web        

Durham, NC  7/10/21

Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver Male Fiery Skipper Japanese Beetles on Pennsylvania Smartweed Pennsylvania Smartweed Wool-grass (Scirpus cyperinus), actually a sedge.

True Katydid Two-lined Froghopper Web    

Durham, NC  7/9/21

Aphids Mutant aster Basilica Spider Common St. John's Wort Another Common St. John's Wort, spirobolid millipede

Crab spider Katydid nymph Lace bug Leafhopper  

Yellow-striped Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Marbled Orb Weaver eating web Spirobolid millipede on Horseweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar Web

Durham, NC  7/7/21

Mutant aster: This aster, seen in a garden, seemed to be a mutant. We take for granted the separation of disc flowers (in the middle) from the vestigial ray flowers that form petals, but in this individual, things clearly went haywire! Bee Blue Dasher Carolina Wild Petunia Citrine Forktail

Same Citrine Forktail Same Citrine Forktail Same Citrine Forktail Eastern Amberwing Flea beetle (Disonycha procera)

Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum) More Herbwilliam (Ptilimnium capillaceum) Pennsylvania Smartweed Web  

Durham, NC  7/5/21

Basilica Spider Same Basilica Spider Broad-shouldered Sharpshooter False Dandelion Funnel web spider

Purple-node Joe-Pye-Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) Katydid nymph Lace bug eggs Leafhopper Milkweed Bug nymph

Red-headed Bush Cricket nymph Spittlebug Common St. John's Wort Aphids Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum)

Shining Leaf Beetle (Neolema sexpunctata) Mild Waterpepper (Persica hydropiperoides) Tumbling flower beetle Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) Bug

Carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata) Cat Same cat Tiny caterpillar Cat's Ear Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata)

Elongate springtail Froghopper Orchard Spider    

Durham, NC  7/4/21

Mystery beetle Billbug Citrus Flatid Planthopper European Honeybee Lace bug

Longhorn bee Same longhorn bee Pachygronthid bug nymph on fleabane seedhead Red-headed Bush Cricket  

Tumbling flower beetle Tiny wasp      

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC  7/3/21

Cliff Swallow Another Cliff Swallow      

Durham, NC  7/3/21

Dragonhunter Jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) Same jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) Leafhopper Female (or teneral) Eastern Pondhawk

Male Eastern Pondhawk Teneral male Common Whitetail Male Common Whitetail Juvie female Eastern Bluebird  

Durham, NC  7/1/21

Mystery butterfly, probably a mutant azure Dogbane Beetle Flatid planthopper Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)


Jumping spider? Spreading False Foxglove (Aureolaria patula) Tumbling flower beetle on the Spreading False Foxglove Muscadine Grape (Vitis rotundifolia) Male Northern Cardinal


Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Male Eastern Bluebird Golden Tickseed (Coreopsis tinctoria)  


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