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June 2009

Durham, NC  6/30/09

Three-spot Horse Fly        

Durham, NC (local marsh)  6/29/09

Rice Stink Bug nymph.  It appeared on the edge of a local marsh. Yucca Plant Bug nymph, less than 1 mm long.  Seen in neighborhood, not marsh. Plant bug (Neurocolpus genus, Miridae family).  Found in local marsh. Gray (Copes'?) Treefrog.  Note the grass clippings on it from a recent mowing of an adjacent grassy field. Sedge, maybe Cyperus niger

Marsh fly Fly.  Note the reflections on the shiny thorax. Seed bug (Oedancala crassimana)    

American Tobacco Trail (miles 4-6), Durham, NC, 6/29/09

Spined assassin bug nymph Netwing beetle Wild Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum, Brassicaceae family) Dwarf Dandelion seeds  


Silktree flower Virginia Creeper flowers and buds Netwing beetle Dwarf Dandelion seeds Chinese lespedeza (Sericea lespedeza) flowers


Man-of-the-earth (Ipomoea pandurata), a kind of morning glory Female Basilica Spider Male Basilica Spider Queen Anne's Lace flowers (close-up) Plantain


Young rabbit Pokeweed fruit Wild Peppergrass Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)  

Durham, NC  6/27/09 (local marsh)

Rice Stink Bug Weevil, about 3 mm long Lacewing eggs Grass flowers Grass (not in marsh)


Derbid planthopper (Mysidia missisippiensis), about 20 mm wingspread, seemed white at a distance, had partially transparent wings.  ID thanks to Steven Bren. Spider exuvia      

Durham, NC  6/26/09

Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia, Onagraceae family) Leaffooted bug nymph, late instar Mystery insect    

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  6/25/09

Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia carolinensis) Wheel Bug late-instar nymph Grass (with stilt bug on lower right) Sundrop  


Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris), appeared in Siler's Bog. Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata), a very poisonous plant, also found in Siler's Bog. Long-legged Flies Trumpet Creeper  

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  6/24/09

Common Stonefly (perhaps Agnetina flavescens, Perlidae family).  One antennae was truncated. Tumbling flower beetle (Mordellistena genus), Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 6/24/09 Flower longhorn beetle Clay-colored Leaf Beetle Spider, maybe Dolomedes genus


Passion Flowers (Passiflora incarnata), in the process of unfolding.  They appeared in a large meadow which was, unfortunately, frequently mowed. Fruit fly (Tephritidae family) Damsel bug (Lasiomerus annulatus, Nabidae family) Queen Anne's Lace flowers, up close.  The pink one is immature.  


Tall Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), which has a very long stem with basal leaves. Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia carolinensis)      

Durham, NC  6/24/09

Leafhopper (Osbornellus borealis).  Photo taken at night.  Icheumonid wasp.  Photo taken at night.  Tiny green leafhopper, about 2 mm long, very lively.  Maybe Empoasca genus, though there are many species in this genus.  

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC  6/21/09

  Rattlesnake Master Wild Bergamot or Lavender Bee-balm Flower Longhorn Beetle on Queen Anne's Lace Tachina Fly


Pickerelweed Buttonbush  Pitcher plant flowers Female Eastern Amberwing, a very tiny dragonfly


Centaurea genus maybe Bee fly American Bullfrog Widow Skimmer  


Seedboxes (maybe), marsh plants St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum maybe).  This common name applies to all members of this genus.      

North Carolina Zoo (from exhibits), Asheboro, NC  6/21/09

Otter Grizzly Bear Adult male Elk Puffin  


American Alligator Hamadryas Baboons Patas Monkey      

Durham, NC  6/20/09

Gray Squirrel with mushroom Grass flowers Diamond-backed Spittlebug (also called a froghopper) Springtail, on a flower Tarnished Plant Bug

Durham, NC  6/19/09

Flesh fly (Sarcophagidae family) Green June Beetle    

Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, NC  6/18/09

Northern Fence Lizard.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk Long-jointed Beetle (Arthromacra aenea), a darkling beetle.  The park was full of these beetles. Corinnid spider (Castaneira longipalpa) Ebony Jewelwing Another Long-jointed Beetle.  ID thanks to Harry Zirlin.


Leafhopper, discovered in this position Same leafhopper, turned over Ichneumonid wasp Flower longhorn beetle (Evodinus monticola) Plant bug (Miridae family), dwarfed by rhododendron flower


Great Laurel (maybe Rhododendron maximum)        

Durham, NC  6/17/09

Yucca Plant Bug nymph Flea beetle (Capraita sexmaculata, Alticini tribe, Galerucinae subfamily, Chrysomelidae family).  A kind of leaf beetle. A little wormlike critter was in this small case initially suspended by a fiber.  It will probably never be identified.    


Crabgrass, up close        

Durham, NC  6/16/09

Gray (Copes?) Treefrog        

Durham, NC  6/15/09

Bull-headed Dung Beetle (Onthophagus taurus).   You can see the pronotal horn on this small scarab beetle. Orchard Spider Mite, family Parasitidae according to  S.A. Marshall (2006),  Durham, NC 6/15/09.  It was less than 1 mm long. Striped Wintergreen with fruit.     

Durham, NC  6/13/09

Leafhopper (Osbornellus borealis).  Photo taken at night. Grasshopper nymph.  See other Orthopterans. Wheel Bug nymph, late instar, Durham, NC, 6/13/09      

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area  6/13/09

  Delta Flower Beetle Dogbane Beetle Fishing Spider Fowler's Toad.  All but one of the members of this species of toads seen here today had this unusual brown color.

Durham, NC  6/11/09

Orchard Spider Bowl-and-doily Spider Treehopper Bug nymph Unidentified fly.  It didn't so much hover as waver back and forth in the area.  


Green lacewing larva attempting to pinch my fingertip.  These trash-carrying larvae are always trying to pick up a little more matter for their camouflaging burden, which includes everything from leaf trichomes (hairlike projections) to dead insects. OUCH! Same green lacewing larva actually doing a little damage to a suntanned part of my thumb.  See other Neuropterans. Scoliid wasp Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Stilt-legged fly


Katydid nymph on Horse Nettle flower Tarnished Plant Bug Menecletes insertus    

Durham, NC  6/10/09

Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymph        

Durham, NC  6/8/09

Flatid Planthopper nymph Ambush Bug nymph (upper right) with ants and their prey on a Daisy Fleabane flower Weevil, also on Daisy Fleabane.  See other beetles. Ebony Bug


Channeled Valgus (Valgus canaliculatus) Katydid nymph      

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC  6/7/09

Leaffooted Bug on blooming celery in Old Salem. Leafhopper (Exitianus exitiosis) Eastern Chipmunk.  See other mammals. Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis)  

Durham, NC  6/6/09

Tarnished Plant Bug Spider White-lined Burrowing Bug Leafhopper Wasp


Long-legged fly Jumping spider Buprestid beetle Young Basilica Spider  


Mating Japanese Beetles.  Note that the male has a red thorax. Japanese Leafhopper (Orientus ishidae) nymph Same Japanese Leafhopper (Orientus ishidae) nymph Katydid nymph  

Durham, NC  6/4/09

Ground beetle (Leptotrachelus dorsalis, Ctenodactylini tribe, Harpalinae subfamily).  Thanks to v. belov for genus ID and Peter Messer for species ID Marsh fly Least Skipper Tarnished Plant Bug on flower  


Yucca Plant Bug, with beak implanted in Spanish bayonet leaf Tarnished Plant Bug      

Durham, NC  6/3/09

Boxelder Bug nymph        

Durham, NC  6/2/09

Striped Wintergreen Female Black Widow      

Durham, NC  6/1/09

Bowl-and-doily Spider, bigger than usual (about 8 mm long) Bowl-and-doily Spider with fly prey Grasshopper nymph    


Firefly in flight Mating shining leaf beetles (Neolema sexpunctata)      

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