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June 2016

Durham, NC 6/30/16 (evening), mostly at or near pond

Male Northern Cardinal Same male Northern Cardinal Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren Northern Cricket Frog, at the pond


Northern Cricket Frog Mating damselflies Least Skipper Picture-winged fly and marsh fly Stink bug


The web of this long-jawed orb weaver is progressing well; you can see the cross-strands in the middle and far from the middle, with nothing in between. An early stage of the web construction, when the anchoring strands were attached to Pickerelweed plants and clumps of silk tie them together This center part, shown much later The spider itself, shown at the web center early in the process  


Even with the center constructed, the spider is still tugging at the clumped silk. A key stage in that process. The spider isn't spinning, but apparently rearranging. On the other hand, you can see spinning here (earlier) Here, the spider is anchoring one strand of the web to a Pickerelweed leaf. The spider anchors another strand on a Pickerelweed inflorescence.


Apparently it isn't enough to have the radiating strands each attached to a plant; extra strands hold the plants steady.        

Durham, NC 6/30/16 (morning)

Two-lined Froghopper Sweat Bee Stink bug nymph Stink bug Spotted Ladybug Beetle on Queen Anne's Lace


Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona) Same sharpshooter Sachem or Fiery Skipper Pond Pond (close-up): Water Primroses and Pickerelweed


Pickerelweed Leaffooted Bug Tiny mating leaf beetles (Paria genus). ID thank to Blaine Mathison. Dragonfly Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle pupa


Northern Cardinal Burdock Beetle Tiny bug nymph Bug exuvia Buffalo Treehopper


Teneral Blue Dasher Male Blue Dasher Male Blue Dasher Water Primrose with sweat bee  

Durham, NC 6/27/16

Appalachian Brown Sleeping bumblebee Male Citrine Forktail Same male Citrine Forktail Crab spider (Xysticus genus)


Crane fly Female Eastern Tailed-blue Flesh fly Fly Moth


Same moth as above Male Purple Martin Purple Martins Male Rambur's Forktail May beetle?


Skipper, somewhat like a Little Glassywing or a Dun Skipper Spotted Ladybug Beetle Turkey Vulture Two-lined Froghopper Wasp


Weevil Juvie or female Eastern Pondhawk Cabbage White    

Durham, NC 6/26/16

Male Slaty Skimmer Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Female Eastern Amberwing Male midge Dion Skipper


Male Blue Dasher        

Durham, NC 6/24/16

Planthopper (Haplaxius pictifrons) Another planthopper (also Haplaxius pictifrons) Bug (Oedancala genus) on sedge Another bug (Oedancala genus) on same sedge Fly


Plant bug (Phytocoris tibialis) Leafhopper nymph (Homalisca genus) Orb weaver Red-headed Bush Cricket Another Red-headed Bush Cricket


Bug Crab spider Grass flowers Spotted Ladybug Beetle with prey Two-lined Froghopper


Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Leafhopper      

Durham, NC 6/22/16

Red-banded Hairstreak Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Apple Maggot Firefly beetle Little fruit fly


Cobweb spider Leafhopper (Sibovia occatoria) Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Paper wasp (Polistes genus) with food Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC 6/20/16

Spicebush Swallowtail Same Spicebush Swallowtail Water scavenger beetle (Tropisternus collaris) Same water scavenger beetle Same water scavenger beetle


Damselfly Basilica spider Blue Mud Wasp (Chalybion californicum) Male Eastern Pondhawk Female or teneral Eastern Pondhawk


Ox-eye Daisies (in the parking lot) Long-legged fly Great Blue Heron Horace's Duskywing Far end of this part of Jordan Lake


Arabesque Orb Weaver Slaty Skimmer Water strider Whirligig beetle  

Durham, NC 6/19/16

Flatid planthopper nymph Same flatid planthopper Big mosquito    

Durham, NC 6/18/16

Hoverfly Tarnished Plant Bug Spider Cryptocephalid beetle larva Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta)


Aphids, including one molting and another with wings Aphids and exuviae Female Blue Dasher Bee attacked by what is probably a true bug  


Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Leafhopper nymph Tiny moth (Orthotaenia undulana). ID thanks to Marcia Morris. Millipede (Sigmoria aberrans) Flatid planthopper nymph

Durham, NC 6/17/16

Two-lined Froghopper Acanaloniid planthopper nymph Aphids Juvie Eastern Pondhawk Aphid with dew drops


Silktree flowers        

Fallingwater Cascades Trail, Bedford County, VA 6/11/16

Mystery insect Jack-in-the-Pulpit Stonecrop Fly Same mystery insect



Peaks of Otter (near Abbott Lake), Bedford County, VA 6/11/16

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a daylily Fledgling Red-winged Blackbird Gray Catbird Fish that came to the bridge Fish eating


Male Ebony Jewelwing Same male Ebony Jewelwing      

Harkening Hill, Peaks of Otter, Bedford County, VA 6/10/16

Barn Swallow (actually, back at the lodge) Bee Another bee Braconid wasp Carpenter Bee


Cabbage White Click beetle Crane fly Drone fly Male Ebony Jewelwing


Tiny flower fly visiting a Virginia Spiderwort Fly Froghopper Hangingfly Orchard Spider


Plant Robber fly (Laphria sericea complex) with Golden-backed Snipe Fly prey Robber fly with wasp prey Common Scorpion Fly Stonefly


We reached the top of Harkening Hill! But it was only about 800 feet above the Peaks of Otter valley, so it's a hill, not a mountain. Pink Virginia Spiderwort blooms White-tailed Deer Same White-tailed Deer  

Peaks of Otter, Bedford County, VA 6/9/16

Luna Moth Same Luna Moth Robber fly Another robber fly (Laphria sericea complex). ID thanks to John S. Ascher and Ben Coulter. White form Orange Sulphur


Blue-eyed Grass Ant tending aphids Butter-and-Eggs Gray Catbird Clouded Sulphur


Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Another flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Mystery fly Fly Golden-backed Snipe Fly


Froghopper Inchworm, standing up. I moved it to see whether it was a twig, but it stayed put. Spider, probably an orb weaver Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Wildflowers

Peaks of Otter, Bedford County, VA 6/8/16

Red-winged Blackbird stopping by to deliver a grasshopper to her fledgling offspring Same fledgling Red-winged Blackbird Barn Swallow Golden-backed Snipe Fly Froghopper


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Stilt Bug Picture-winged Fly Moth Leafhopper nymph


Mating Locust Leafminers, one of about 5 mating pairs on a small locust tree Male Midge Another male midge Hangingfly (actually 6/9/16) Crane fly


Click beetle Chrysopid fly American Lady The Big Spring  

Durham, NC 6/7/16

Buffalo Treehopper nymph Jumping spider (Colonus sylvanus?) Tumbling flower beetle Tarnished Plant Bug Megachilid bee


Same Megachilid bee Brown lacewing with deformed left forewing and hindwing Same brown lacewing Damselfly Banded Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus velutinus)


Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) with aphid prey Mystery fly Large Milkweed Beetle Mantis nymph Same mantis nymph


Thrip on coreopsis Tumbling flower beetle Weevil Mating dancers  

Durham, NC 6/5/16

Wheel Bug nymph with tussock moth prey Heal-All Field Cricket Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva  


Male Blue Dasher Clubtail (maybe Black-shouldered Spinylegs) Damselfly Male Eastern Pondhawk Female Eastern Tailed-Blue


Pearl Crescent Mystery dragonfly      

Durham, NC 6/4/16

Orange Antmimic Jumping Spider (Sarinda hentzii) Same Orange Antmimic Jumping Spider      

Durham, NC 6/3/16

Carpenter Bee on Common Milkweed Marsh fly Jumping spider Mystery ladybug beetle larva  

Durham, NC 6/2/16

Zabulon skipper pair (female on top) Wheel Bug nymph Weevil Tarnished Plant Bug nymph Silvery Checkerspot? Pearl Crescent?


Tarnished Plant Bug Southeastern Five-lined Skink (Eumeces inexpectatus) Large spider with egg sac Same large spider Picture-winged fly


Marsh fly Mantis nymph Leafhopper nymph Green lacewing nymph, upside down Same green lacewing nymph, upright


Green June Beetle Teneral Great Blue Skimmer Caterpillar frass Bee Beetle


Beetle which suddenly started playing dead when I tried to photograph it. Common Buckeye Ebony Bug on Daisy Fleabane Female Northern Cardinal Elephant Mosquito?


Eastern River Cooter, swimming in the creek Beetle Bee Flatid planthopper nymph  


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