Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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June 2013

We've gotten a lot of rain this year, but the biggest downpour came on June 6-7, when our biggest flood in my memory came.  Fortunately for the human residents of the area, most of the water was routed into the Third Fork Creek and onto (most of) a soccer field.  But it was tougher on the wildlife: as you can see, it battered an Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle and drove a Spirobolid millipede to the top of an aster plant.

The month ended with a pleasant trip to Dare and Tyrrell Counties in northeastern North Carolina.  Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are on the Outer Banks, and Manteo is on Roanoke Island, between the Outer Banks and the mainland.  Pea Island is about 20 miles farther south on the Outer Banks.  All areas had recovered well from hurricane damage.

There are several live maps accompanying the photos below.

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, Dare County, NC  6/28/13

Roses Scolia nobilitata wasp Drone Fly Pipevine Swallowtail Stink bug (Proxys punctulatus)

Hollyhock Hydrangea (in Festival Park) White flower Orange flower    

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Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, NC  6/28/13

This town has drainage ditches on every street, many of which are covered with duckweed, and they host a variety of wildlife, including (apparently) Nutrias.

Green Frog in a drainage ditch Fledgling Common Starling Same fledgling Common Starling Robber fly Fowler's Toad, one of several in the grass near a major road

Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head, Dare County, NC  6/28/13

It looks like the Sahara Desert, but the big dune was very enjoyable to climb in the early morning (just after 8 am.) 

Hang gliders A dune, showing typical vegetation Karl    

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Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, NC  6/27/13

These Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) appeared within a few blocks of each other on a street near the ocean, illustrating the great variety among members of this species.

Firewheel with flowerlike petals Red Firewheel Yellow Firewheel Pink Firewheel  

Pea Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Dare County, NC  6/27/13

This was the first Black Skimmer I've seen north of Carolina Beach, NC.

Red-winged Blackbird Gull with a Black Skimmer Black Skimmer flying    

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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Dare County, NC  6/27/13

Star-bellied Orb Weaver Virginia Hoverfly Same Virginia Hoverfly Long-jawed orb weaver Old crab trap with barnacles

A view of the western edge of the Preserve A tiny beetle  (Namunaria guttulata), which appeared on my hat.  ID thanks to Vassily Belov. A Golden-winged Skimmer, seen at the sound-side beach. A leaf  

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Creefs Cut, off Milltail Road, Dare County, NC  6/26/13

There were lots of dragonflies (mostly Golden-winged Skimmers) and deer flies, and the relationship was not accidental.

Male Golden-winged Skimmer Teneral male Golden-winged Skimmer Female Golden-winged Skimmer Palatka Skipper    

I got to photograph this deer fly because it bit me, I slapped it while it was trying to bite me, and it fell to the ground.        

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, Tyrrell County, NC  6/26/13

A mural illustrating the wildlife of Columbia. Swamp Leatherflower (Clematis crispa) Male Golden-winged Skimmer Another male Golden-winged Skimmer  

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) Another Swamp Rose Purple Martin Purple Martin parent feeding a baby  

Purple Martins Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttatus)      

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Durham, NC  6/25/13

Great Blue Skimmer Wasp (Scolia nobilitata) Seed bug (Xyonysius californicus)    

Durham, NC  6/23/12

Fledgling Brown Thrasher Silver-spotted Skipper      

Durham, NC  6/21/13

Banded Hairstreak, Third Fork Creek Trail Coral Honeysuckle, Martin Luther King Drive Teneral Great Blue Skimmer, Third Fork Creek Trail Silktree, American Tobacco Trail  

My neighborhood marsh, Durham, NC  6/19/13

Rice Stink Bugs: two mating pairs Rice Stink Bug Black Vulture Eggs  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/16/13

Jumping spider (Maevia inclemens) Male House Finch      

Durham, NC  6/15/13

Gray (Copes?) Treefrog        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/14/13

Jumping spider (Phidippus putnami) Leaffooted bug nymph, middle instar Picture-winged Fly    

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  6/12/13

Bee fly (Lepidophora lepidocera) Male Ebony Jewelwing Eastern Tailed Blue Flower fly (probably Orthonevra genus) Crab spider

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  6/11/13

Question Mark Carpenter bee Carpenter Bee on Helmetflower (Scutellaria integrifolia) Same bee and flower Southern Broken-dash skipper

Teneral Blue Dasher Teneral Great Blue Skimmer Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Rough Green Snake  

A treelike shrub which might be a Siberian Dogwood (Cornus alba), and many visiting flies Ventral view of a Question Mark, showing the "question mark" on its hind wing.    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/11/13

Longhorn beetle          

Durham, NC  6/10/13


Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/9/13

Kudzu Bug Coreopsis tinctoria, in a small patch Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/8/13

Spirobolid millipede Wheel Bug nymph      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/5/13
Zebra Swallowtail Jumping spider, Phidippus genus Jumping spider, Hentzia genus Rove beetle Leech

Weevil on aster Queen Anne's Lace, the only such plant in my neighborhood Appalachian Brown  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  6/4/13

Appalachian Brown Dun Skipper Crab spider (Xysticus genus) Jumping spider (Phidippus genus) Shield-backed Katydid

Jumping spider (Synemosyna formica).  I was 90% sure that this was an ant, but was hoping it was a spider. Metalmark moth (Tebenna gemalis), Choreutidae family, Choreutinae subfamily, on a Black-eyed Susan in Durham, NC, 6/4/13      

Durham, NC  6/2/13

Southern Magnolia Tiny crab spider (Synema parvulum) A fast-moving harvestman (probably Vonones sayi)      

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