Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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June 2012

This month, I got to see some Northern Cardinal hatchlings make their rapid progress toward independence.  At first, in very late May, all I could see were some little gray things with some fuzz on them lying on the bottom of the nest without moving.  I was able to photograph a little bald head on June 1. But they rapidly grew feathers and on June 5 were seen walking around the nest, flapping their wings, and soon afterward left the nest.  Their parents were last seen on June 4. 

Durham, NC  6/30/12

Cixiid planthopper Artificial rainbow      

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC  6/30/12

Painted Lady on a Buttonbush flower Male Spangled Skimmer Male Blue Dasher Recent metamorph Eastern Pondhawk  

Flower longhorn beetle Ground beetle Maybe a wolf spider, moved rapidly across the water Whirligig beetles  

Water boatman nymph and aquatic snail Long-legged fly (Condylostylus genus) Very small Trepobates genus water strider Painted Lady on Buttonbush flower Red-spotted Purple  

Durham, NC  6/29/12

Buprestid beetle (Acmaeodera pulchella) Netwinged beetle Damsel bug chasing another insect that flew away    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/28/12

Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona) Dogbane Beetle Humpbacked Spider (Eustala anastera)    

Myrtle Beach State Park, Horry County  6/26/12

Two varieties of Firewheel More typical Firewheels Paraguayan Purslane Grass  

Dark Fishing Spider Male and female Golden Silk Spiders Morning glories Rock Dove bringing nesting material to the pier from the beach Rock Dove headed toward the beach

Field of Firewheels        

Huntington Beach State Park, Georgetown County, SC  6/25/12

Great Egret, apparently with an implanted radio transmitter.  It caught and ate three fish while I watched. Green Heron Green Anole (Carolina Anole), on the boardwalk Double-crested Cormorant  

Juvenile Great Blue Heron Salt Marsh Mallow What was left of a crab after a bird, perhaps a Green Heron, worked on it Wood Storks  

Myrtle Beach, Horry County, SC  6/24/12

Juvenile Royal Terns Parasailing Male Boat-tailed Grackle A kite  

Durham, NC  6/22/12

A wildly scurrying Green June Beetle          

Durham, NC  6/21/12

Rove beetle (Pinophilus genus), seen on a sidewalk near a four-lane road on the Third Fork Creek Trail. A lightning bug beetle, with the Adobe Photoshop filter Poster Edges applied, apparently sleeping on a glass door. Male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage Diamond-backed Froghopper

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/20/12

Wavy-lined Emerald Eastern Mud Turtle Same Eastern Mud Turtle, plastron view Tussock moth caterpillar  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/19/12

Seed bug (Taedia multisignata).  Genus ID thanks to WonGun Kim. Adult aphid Flower fly Ladybug beetle (Cycloneda mundi) Carolina Wild Petunia

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/18/12

Ichneumon wasp Spotted Ladybug Beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) A fruit fly (Dioxyna picciola, Tephritidae family) Spider  

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  6/17/12

Cocklebur Weevil Dogbane Beetle Wasp (Bicyrtes fasciatus).  ID very tentative. I think this is a Scolia nobilitata wasp. Bumblebee

Dun Skipper Little Yellow Rhopalid bug (Niesthrea genus) Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Teneral Blue Dasher

Weevil on aster An annual cultivated flower in a yard Leaf beetle (Colaspis brunnea).  Genus ID thanks to Blaine Mathison.    

Durham, NC  6/16/12

A long-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha genus) Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Florida Predatory Stink Bug, heavily image-processed to eliminate excessive contrast and to make the beak visible. Bug nymph (Mormidea lugens).  ID thanks to Brandon Woo.

Appalachian Brown Adult male Common Whitetail Another picture of the Florida Predatory Stink Bug Feather-legged Orb Weaver (Uloborus glomosus)  

American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC  6/16/12

Passionflower with a Japanese Beetle on it Passionflower Orchard Spider      

Durham, NC  6/15/12

Tiny cockroach (3/4 mm long) Possibly a Ciciid planthopper Ladybug larva    

Durham, NC  6/14/12

Citrus Flatid Planthopper (Metcalfa pruinosa) Broadnosed weevil English Ivy    

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC  6/14/12

Rose Male House Sparrow Golden Larch (seen in Coker Arboretum)    

Durham, NC  6/13/12

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail        

Durham, NC  6/10/12

Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Dewdrop on grass White-lined Burrowing Bug Leaffooted bug nymph Rice Stink Bug

Leatherwing beetle        

Durham, NC  6/9/12

Perhaps one the little Northern Cardinals that left the nest four days previously        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/8/12

Elephant Mosquito Common Shore Beetle (Cicindela repanda), very worn Crab spider (Misumessus oblongus) Weevil (Lixus genus)  

Dion Skipper Pearl Crescents Leafhopper Wasp (Scolia nobilitata)  

Weevils One weevil starts moving Now it's starting to go around behind the other weevil Now the moving weevil seems to attack the other Then it moved away (this thumbnail seems to have been rotated -90°.)

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC  6/7/12

Grass Belted Kingfisher Butterflies (maybe Postmans) doing a mating ritual Butterfly Butterfly

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) Black Bear bathing Same Black Bear Great Blue Heron  

Tumbling flower beetles on Queen Anne's Lace St. John's Wort An Asian leaf insect (Phyllium giganteum)      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/7/12

Probably a Brown Stink Bug (Euschistus servus) Pennsylvania Smartweed Little Wood Satyr Pearl Crescent Another Pearl Crescent

Durham, NC  6/5/12

 Northern Cardinal babies early this morning Somewhat later One bird has disappeared. Hopper nymph (Oncometopia genus)  

Bee fly, Villa genus Megachilid bee (Megachile xylocopoides) on Coreopsis Acanaloniid planthopper nymph    

Durham, NC  6/4/12

 Northern Cardinals Later in the day      

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, NC  6/3/12

Fish, maybe a trout, about 6 inches long, near Bobbitt Hole Breeding male Five-lined Skink, actually oriented vertically at the time Toad bug, near Bobbitt Hole Horse fly (Tabanus fulvulus)  

Dion Skipper Young mantid (about 1 inch long) Northern Pearly Eye    

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  6/2/12

Appalachian Brown  Emerald Euphoria (Euphoria fulgida) Bumblebees, flower longhorn beetle on Common Milkweed Little Wood Satyr  

Zebra Swallowtail Tumble flower beetle Northern Pearly Eye Helmetflower  

Durham, NC  6/2/12

Common Buckeye Spider Plant bug (Deraeocoris genus) Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Acanaloniid planthopper nymph
Flower flies (Toxomerus genus) mating        

Durham, NC  6/1/12

Baby bird in nest out front Katydid on a Coreopsis flower      

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