Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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March 2012

The new leaves came out around March 21, and so did the pine pollen, which shows up in a number of pictures.  The month in Durham was perhaps most notable for the irruption of inchworms, hanging out of trees by the hundreds.  Then, perhaps only coincidentally, another irruption, that of large, fast-moving ground beetles (Calosoma scrutata) appeared and the inchworms quickly began to vanish.  Since ground beetles are carnivorous, there might have been a connection.

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota County, FL  3/31/12

Queen butterfly Black-necked Stilt Lesser Yellowlegs White Pelicans Sandhill Cranes, with American Coots. This couple had a system: one eat while the other watched for predators.
Roseate Spoonbills White Pelican Wasp nest American Alligator  

Black-necked Stilt View from the canopy walkway American Alligator    

Sarasota, FL  3/30/12

The birds appeared on the Ringling Museum of Art grounds, and so did the statue being taken over by the banyan tree.

White Peacock Common Moorhen Pied-billed Grebe Anhinga

Late-instar Wheel Bug nymph Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei), an invasive species native to Cuba and the Bahamas Flowers Pink Wood Sorrel leaves, with bud Statue being taken over by a banyan tree

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota, FL  3/30/12

Flamingo Tricolored Heron (probably just a visitor) Common Moorhens: an apparent attempt at mating The web of a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver  

Flamingo Fighting flamingos Red-eared Slider    

South Lido Park, Lido Key, FL  3/30/12

This is one of the great natural areas in this otherwise heavily developed urban area. There are a variety of habitats here: beach, forest, grassy, and of course that of human-made structures.

Great Blue Heron Headshot of a Great Blue Heron Great Egret Plover (Black-bellied, non-breeding plumage?) Reddish Egret in flight

A Fish Crow looking for food at a garbage can while keeping an eye on me Decisions, decisions! Who are you, anyway? Back to work...  

Sarasota, FL  3/29/12

A small red flower (about 1 cm in diameter), a member of the composite-flower Asteraceae family. Common Moorhen Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron  

Anole Pink Wood Sorrel Tree Three flowers of a plant  

Durham, NC  3/28/12


Durham, NC  3/27/12


Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  3/26/12

Sleepy Orange, dorsal view Mating march flies: the female is on the left Jumping spider (Habronattus decorus) Wisteria   

Ground beetle Tadpoles by the side of the trail      

Durham, NC  3/25/12

Carolina Wren The Third Fork Creek Trail after heavy rain Male Fragile Forktail  Forest Tent Caterpillar Chinese Witchhazel, an ornamental import from Japan  
Large Bee Fly (Bombilius major) Wasp Eastern Tailed Blue    

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC 3/22/12

Falcate Orangetip on a Spring Beauty Blue Corporal Ground beetle (Calosoma scrutata), a large beetle that crawled on my sneaker as I struggled to block its frantic dash for cover Cabbage White on Ground Ivy Buprestid beetle (Acmaeodera ornata)

Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches  Bowl-and-doily Spider Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Eastern Bluestar buds Spring Beauty

Wild Chervil(Chaerophyllum procumbens) Early Saxifrage Ground Ivy Bee fly at rest.  Pine pollen grains all over it! Bee fly hovering

Northern Cricket Frog Rue Anemone Yellow Buckeye Rue Anemone Beetle

Unidentifiable wildflower, with an aphid  Same wildflower  Same wildflower  Early Saxifrage   

Mayapple with four parts Mayapple with five parts Mayapple with six parts      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  3/21/12

Juvenal's Duskywing Red Admiral Northern Cricket Frog Gemmed Satyr  

Durham, NC  3/21/12

My local marsh, across a field Miniswamp after a rain      

Durham, NC  3/20/12

Chinch Bug Crab spider (Xysticus genus) Grass spider A rather anomalus Paraphidippus aurantius Juvenal's Duskwying (Erynnis juvenalis)
White-tailed Deer Winged elm seeds  Mushrooms    

Durham, NC  3/19/12


Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  3/17/12

Jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Pond with oily sheen  Crab spider (Synema parvulum) Spider (Tetragnatha genus)

Crab spider (Synema parvulum) Aphid      

Durham, NC  3/16/12

American Toads, found in a large puddle in mostly dried-up Third Fork Creek. Two very young Camellia bushes in a neighbor's yard Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle   

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  3/15/12

Seed bug (Cymus angustatus).  ID thanks to Yurika Alexander. Yellow-margined Leaf Beetle (Microtheca ocroloma), caught while flying Scarab beetle (Hoplia trivialis) Another Hoplia trivialis Boxelder Bug

Redbud Midge Mouseear Chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum)     

Durham, NC  3/14/12

Adult aphid Tiny beetle clinging to human hairs Unusual, large violet seen in large numbers in a particular area Japanese Mazus  

Flowers of an ornamental fruit tree Sugar Maple flowers Violet, with leaves, similar to those of a Common Blue Violet Jumping spider (Eris militaris)  

Pitt County Arboretum, Greenville, NC  3/13/12

Variegated Fritillary Carpenter Bee and Redbud Bluets Henbit  

Northern Mockingbird Field pansy flowers Akebia quintata, reported being seen in the wild in Orange and Madison counties, North Carolina. Cabbage White on jump-up violets  

Male House Finch        

North River Park, Greenville, Pitt County, NC  3/13/12

Bumblebee and flowers Double-crested Cormorant      

Greenville, Pitt County, NC  3/12/12

Cherry flowers? Saucer Magnolia Female midge Crane fly  

Goose Creek State Park, Beaufort County, NC  3/12/12

Orchard Spider, seen just off the boardwalk Deer      

Washington, Beaufort County, NC  3/12/12

Great Egret American Coot taking little bites out of a piece of bread (not put there by me!) American Coot not doing anything in particular American Coot scratching, showing a fascinating big foot (they have grid patterns!) American Coots in conflict

One beaver caught up with the other and they both wound up underwater. Note that the beaver on the right is carrying a twig. This fast-moving beaver created fascinating patterns in the water.      

Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum), a member of the Viscaceae family, subclass Rosidae, the only mistletoe species found in North Carolina.        

Durham, NC  3/11/12

Cedar Waxwing Eastern Bluebird Field Mustard (Brassica rapa) Northern Cardinal  

Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel Common Blue Violets    

Durham, NC  3/10/12

American Robin Wolf spider Red-shouldered Hawk Field Pansy  

Durham, NC  3/9/12

Common Vetch Violet       

Durham, NC  3/8/12

White-lined Burrower Bug on Common Dandelion Aphid Fly    

Oconeechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC 3/8/12

Brown Snake Ornamental tree "British Soldier" Lichens (Cladonia cristatella), reindeer moss, regular moss.  More on this lichen species: Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month  A cliff on the new trail, thumbnail inexplicably rotated 90 degrees for a bizarre effect Galax

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  3/7/12

Male Falcate Orangetip Closer view of the Falcate Orangetip Field Pansies (Viola bicolor) Small true bug found on the car  

Henbit Spring Beauty flowers      

Durham, NC  3/7/12

Aquatic worm        

Durham, NC  3/6/12

Mourning Dove        

Durham, NC 3/5/12

Common Blue Violet Field Pansy Moth     

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access 3/1/12

Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron in flight Great Blue Heron, again in flight    

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