Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

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March 2010 Photos

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  3/30/10

Sporangia of a slime mold (Hemitrichia genus?).  Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC, 3/30/10. My ID. Horsetail Winged Elm fruit Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle  

Common Vetch Common Wood-Sorrel Common Blue Violets Forget-me-nots (Myosotis genus)  

Durham, NC  3/29/10

Moss #1 Moss #2 Moss #3    

Durham, NC  3/28/10

Carpet Bugle or Ground Pine (Ajuga reptans), atypically tall: they're usually mowed down! Female Red Maple flowers, some with forming fruit Carolina Jessamyn flower Sugar Maple flowers  

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, 3/27/10

Other side of Crane Fly Orchid leaf Cutleaf Toothwort Early Saxifrage Ground Ivy    

Rue Anemone        

Uwharrie Trail, Troy, NC  3/25/10

 Hepatica nobilis flowers and leaves.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk          

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC 3/24/10

All photos taken by Karl D. Gottschalk

Bloodroots Ostrich Jeep in zoo store  

Durham, NC  3/24/10

Winged elm flowers, just starting to develop fruit Another winged elm, with maturing fruit Red Maple female flowers, with some producing fruit Mazus japonicus, very small (probably because it was in mowed grass).  ID thanks to Janie Harmon Owens. Weeping Willow flower and leaves

Confederate Violet Common Blue Violet Also a Common Blue Violet, perhaps in a different (brighter) light, hence the initially puzzling common name.    


Water striders, the bottom one with prey, apparently a leafhopper Same water striders, with possibly different prey      

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  3/22/10

American Toads mating Periwinkle Mysterious tracks on the creek bed Horsetails  

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC  3/21/10

The beginnings of a tree, apparently a Chestnut Oak that has discarded its nutshell. Hair-cap Moss (Polytrichum commune), showing sporophytes that have shed their calyptrae "caps," releasing spores, with their operculum capsules remaining.  Shown with small mushroom, with a cap ~2 mm across. Hair-cap Moss in an earlier stage, with developing calyptrae (after fertilization) Tachinid fly    

Chestnut Oak tree starting out        

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  3/20/10

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) flowers Miner bee, digging a hole in the ground for its nest.  Its head is mostly hidden. Toothwort Bloodroot flower  

Trout Lilies, a few of hundreds currently blooming Trout Lily flower      

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  3/19/10

Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, actually with 10 spots Plum flowers.  This ID is disputed. Wolf spider Common Blue Violet  

Mating Boxelder Bugs, two of dozens, maybe hundreds, where the trail first came besides Sandy Creek. Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  3/18/10 

Mourning Cloak  Boxelder Bug  Field Pansy Spring Beauties Bluets

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC  3/16/10

Japanese Apricot Tree (yes, these flowers were growing out of a large branch!           

Durham, NC  3/15/10

Red Maple (male flowers) Purple Dead-nettle Speedwell Rockcress? Red Maple tree

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  3/9/10

Winged ant being attacked by a tiny wasp?        

Fort Fisher Recreational Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/9/10

Dung beetle (Copris fricator) Hop Clover (Trifolium genus).  This is a composite of maybe twenty typical pea family flowers. A group of hop clover plants.  These plants were ubiquitous in grass. Maybe a Common Vetch      

Rock Slater (Ligia genus), a kind of crustacean.  This one had wandered just off the sand. Common Dandelion.  You can see the reproductive parts of the many individual flowers. Henbit    

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/9/10

Ground Beetle (Gnaphosa genus).  The presence of wings is a mystery, maybe the remains of prey. Purple Dead-nettle    

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham, NC  3/6/10

Little Periwinkle (Vinca minor), in the process of unfolding  Spring Beauty  Trout Lily (leaf only)    

Buckeye leaf buds Shield-backed katydid nymph       

Durham, NC  3/6/10

Henbit  Ground spider (Gnaphosa genus) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) male flowers, fallen out of a tree     

Durham, NC  3/1/10

Rockcress, probably Arabis genus  Common Chickweed       


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