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March 2020

Durham, NC  3/31/20

Dimorphic Jumper (Maevia inclemens) Same Dimorphic Jumper Eastern Comma Flower fly (Helophilus fasciatus) Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) flowers and leaves.  The skinny flowers are purplish-pink.

Meadow Hawkweed Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva) Same umping spider (Pelegrina proterva) Long-jawed orb weaver Whirligig  Mite (Anystis baccarum)

Oak catkin Paper Wasps (Polistes annularis) at nest Plum tree flowers Squash Bug  

Possumhaw Viburnum (Viburnum nudum) Wolf spider Yellow Poplar Weevil Tiny beetle Same tiny beetle

Black Willow (Salix nigra) Bumble Flower Beetle (Euphoria inda) Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), on oak catkin Same Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia) on trail bollard, with appropriate change of color  

Whitebanded Crab Spider on oak catkin Same Whitebanded Crab Spider on same catkin      

Durham, NC  3/28/20

English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Dark Flower Scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis) Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis scripta) Common Blue Violets (Viola sororia sororia) Caterpillar


Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)        

Durham, NC  3/27/20

Black Rat Snake Same Black Rat Snake Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Chipping Sparrow  

Northern Cricket Frog Another Northern Cricket Frog Yet another Northern Cricket Frog Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) leaves and flowers More Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) leaves and flowers

Green Ash flowers and seeds American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) female catkin.  The flowers are pink, although the bracts are green. Monkey Beetle (Hoplia trivialis) Oak leaves and catkins More oak leaves and catkins

Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle Wolf spider (Allocosa funerea) Yellow Poplar Weevil Aphid Ash Seed Weevil

Durham, NC  3/26/20

Luna Moth Red maple? Female midge with tiny fly Orchard Spider Red Tip, aka Fraser's Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) flowers

Long-jawed orb weaver spider (Glenognatha foxi). ID thanks to John Rosenfeld. Stickywilly Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle Ichneumon wasp Chalcid wasp

White Clover Woodcroft Fairies Yellow Buckeye Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler

Aphid Beaked Cornsalad Box Elder (Acer negundo) female catkin Bulbous Buttercup Confederate Violet

Northern Cricket Frog Common Dandelion Male Eastern Towhee Eupelmid wasp  

March fly? Wilted male Green Ash flowers? Henbit Japanese Honeysuckle  


Early Saxifrage Rush (Juncus genus) Rush (Juncus genus) Paths on log carved by insects

Durham, NC  3/25/20

Caterpillar Flower fly (Toxomerus geminatus) Purple Dead-Nettles (Lamium purpureum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seedpods  


River Birch (Betula nigra) female catkin River Birch (Betula nigra) male catkin American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) buds Tree flowers Unknown flowering plant, Durham, NC,

Durham, NC  3/24/20

Box elder female flower Box Elder (Acer negundo) female flowers Flower fly (Toxomerus geminatus) Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) Fly

Purple Dead-nettles (Lamium purpureum) White Clover (Trifolium repens)      

Durham, NC  3/21/20

Northern Cricket Frog Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus uncinatus) Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Common Mouse-ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) Japanese Plum

American Robin Saucer Magnolia Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Tufted Titmouse Turtle

White-throated Sparrow Woodcroft Fairies Breeding Yellow-rumped Warbler Bittercress Black Vulture with soccer ball

Same Black Vulture     Other Black Vultures trying to tear a sandbag open  

Bulbous Buttercup Male Northern Cardinal Same Northern Cardinal Another male Northern Cardinal Carpenter Bee

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Common Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Short-tailed ichnemon wasps (Ophion genus) Early Saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)  

Durham, NC  3/20/20

Aphid with one mite Another aphid with several mites Another view of the same aphid Yet another view, showing the aphid's two right wings  

Caterpillar being attacked by ants Female Hop-hornbeam catkin Male Hop-hornbeam catkin Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) White Oak (Quercus alba) catkins and leaves

Monkey beetle (Hoplia trivialis)        

Durham, NC 3/19/20

Male and female (foreground) Hop-hornbeam catkins Male and female (on right) Hop-hornbeam catkins      

Durham, NC  3/18/20

American Hornbeam female catkin American Hornbeam male and female catkins Bittercress and seedhead of Purple Dead Nettle Pennsylvania Bittercress (Cardamine pensylvanica) Pennsylvania Bittercress (Cardamine pensylvanica)

Azure Bluets Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher Cherry tree branches  

Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)  

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Dovefoot Geranium (Geranium molle) Another Dovefoot Geranium (Geranium molle) Male Eastern Bluebird Same male Eastern Bluebird

Field Pansies (Viola bicolor) Ground Ivy Hawkweed Hawkweeds Henbit

Hooked Buttercup Ivyleaf Speedwell Maple flowers Teneral Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta). ID thanks to Bob Biagi. Another moth

Mouse-ear Chickweed Periwinkle (Vinca genus) Plum tree branch Red-bellied Woodpecker Male Box Elder catkins  

Red-bellied Woodpecker Eastern Redbud Song Sparrow Spider Spring beauties

Durham, NC  3/17/20

Meadow Hawkweed Virginia Spring Beauties Encyrtid wasp (Anagyrus genus). ID thanks to John Schneider.    

Durham, NC  3/16/20

Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seedpods      

Durham, NC  3/15/20

American Hornbeam catkins Camellia Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren singing

Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Male Downy Woodpecker Same Downy Woodpecker Female Eastern Bluebird with nesting material Same female Eastern Bluebird with nesting material

Same female Eastern Bluebird with nesting material Same female Eastern Bluebird with nesting material Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Sugar Maple flowers (Acer saccharum)  

Durham, NC  3/13/20

Eastern Hop-Hornbeam catkin Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Box Elder (Acer negundo) male flowers Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis) Carolina Wren

Same Carolina Wren     Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Same Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana) Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis) Field Pansies (Viola bicolor) Fungi (Schizophyllum commune)

Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus), Durham, NC, 3/13/20 Midge Common Mouse-ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) Male breeding Rusty Blackbird Same bird

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) flowers White-throated Sparrow Winged Elm (Ulmus alata)    

Durham, NC  3/12/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle with damaged elytra and wings Same Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle, showing abdomen Azure Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Field Pansy (Viola bicolor)

Red-shouldered Hawk Same hawk Jumping spider Same jumping spider White-lined Burrowing Bug

Wolf spider        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  3/11/20

Male Eastern Towhee        

Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

Trout Lilies (Erythronium americanum) Common Water Strider White-throated Sparrow Bloodroots (Sanguinaria canadensis) Red-shouldered Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle eating nectar or pollen of Spicebush (Lindera bezoin) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bloodroots Fetterbush


Flower fly (Toxomerus marginatus) Moss Redbud buds Spicebush (Lindera bezoin) Yellow Fumewort (Corydalis flavula)

Durham, NC 3/9/20

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Another Common Blue Violet Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis) Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda)

Red Maple flowers Red  Maple seedpods Running crab spider (Philodromus genus) Eastern Gray Squirrels fooling around Same Eastern Gray Squirrels mating

Same Eastern Gray Squirrels Same Eastern Gray Squirrels      

Durham, NC  3/7/20

Flower fly        

Durham, NC  3/6/20

Female Eastern Bluebird Same female Eastern Bluebird Same female Eastern Bluebird Male Eastern Bluebird  

Young female Eastern Bluebird Same young female Eastern Bluebird Same young female Eastern Bluebird Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata) Same Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Song Sparrow Virginia Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica)      

Durham, NC  3/5/20

American Elm (Ulmus americana) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Hairy Bittercress? Hairy Bittercress flowers? Brown Creeper

Same Brown Creeper Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officionale) Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Wasp

American Hornbeam catkin        

Durham, NC  3/4/20

Trout Lily Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Callery Pear, Bradford subspecies Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)  

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana) Common Dandelion Field Pansies (Viola bicolor) Hairy Bittercress

Hyacinths Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Periwinkle (Vinca genus) Purple Dead-nettle  

Trout Lilies        

Durham, NC  3/2/20

Male Eastern Bluebird Fly Stink bug (Menecles insertus) Female midge  

Durham, NC  3/1/20

Red-shouldered Hawk  Same Red-shouldered Hawk Another (female) Red-shouldered Hawk Same Red-shouldered Hawk mating with a male Same male Red shouldered Hawk ending mating

Same Red-shouldered Hawk pair after mating Spider      


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