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May 2013

The North Carolina mountains photos taken on dates May 27-30 came from a Road Scholars program.  Naturalists Jack Loveless and Liz Domingue guided us on hikes along the Appalachian Trail, identifying numerous species of wildflowers.

Hayesville, Clay County, NC  5/30/13

Thistle field Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans) Vetch Common Water Strider  

Appalachian Trail leading to Siler's Bald  5/30/13

Anomalous Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Same beetle as on left, but with different lighting showing its spots Canadian Violet Dutchman's Pipe, an inch-long flower high in a tree. The remains of a hatched American Robin egg in a deserted nest.

Wild Yam Wild geranium      

Siler's Bald, Macon County, NC  5/30/13

White-form Orange Sulphur Same White-form Orange Sulphur Pipevine Swallowtail Highbush Blueberry flowers  

Plaque at the very top of A duskywing Mite (Leptus genus) Female Eastern Tailed Blue  

Dark-eyed Junco with caterpillar prey Siler's Bald view, probably northeast        

Raven Cliffs Trail, Chattahoochee National Forest, GA  5/29/13

Fungi Indian Cucumber Root flower and bud Lady beetle larva Very young Indian Pipes Yellow Mandarin (Prosartes lanuginosum)

Glassmine Gap, Macon County, NC  5/28/13

Vasey's Trillium White Trillium Clinton's Lily Bear Corn, formerly known as Squawroot Froghopper nymph, found on my hat

Crescent, maybe a Pearl Crescent Jordan's Salamander, held by Liz Domingue Same Jordan's Salamander Horse fly Flower longhorn beetle (Encyclops caerulea)

Bee and bug Bee on Wild Strawberry flowers Common Goldstar Ichneumon wasp  

Fresh Indian Cucumber Root flower Katydid Vasey's Trillium flower Wild Strawberry in bloom  

Standing Indian Mountain, Clay County, NC  5/27/13

We hiked from a place about 4300 feet above sea level to the summit at about 5500 feet.  At the summit, new oak leaves (still red) were coming out.

Click beetle (Ctenicera longicornis).  ID thanks to Blaine Mathison. Pink Lady's Slipper View from summit Another view from the summit Silver Bells

Blooming Umbrellaleaf Vasey's Trillium Wood Betony Mayapple  

USGS marker Serviceberry flowers Millipede (probably Sigmoria trimaculata)    

Near Lake Chatuge, Clay County, NC 5/29/13

Tulip Poplar flower on small tree        

Hinton Center, Clay County, NC  5/27/13

Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha pholus)        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC 5/24/13

Female Common Whitetail Little Wood Satyr, dorsal view Little Wood Satyr, ventral view Question Mark  

A Question Mark Another Question Mark Red Admiral Sundrops

Silvery Checkerspot Female Swamp Darner Chipmunk      

Durham, NC  5/24/13

Fungus beetle (Eurymycter fasciatus, Anthribinae subfamily) Sulphur Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/23/13

American Lady Appalachian Brown        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/22/13

Golden-backed Snipe Fly Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle on a buttercup flower      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/21/13

Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Orchard Spider Ant Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle  

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/18/13

Phidippus princeps jumping spider Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle      

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/17/13

Red Clover Male comb-footed spider (Theridion pictipes) Same male comb-footed spider (Theridion pictipes) Green Stink Bug Long-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha genus)


Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/16/13

Longhorn beetle (Euderces pini), which looked like an ant at first glance.  It was about 5 mm long. Same Longhorn beetle (Euderces pini) Bee (Ceratina genus according to H. Go) and fly on a Coreopsis flower.  My husband Karl showed me this flower, one of the very earliest blooming Coreopses. Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass Bristly Mallow False Dandelion

Venus' Looking-glass Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Little Glassywing Stink bug (Menecletes insertus) nymph Diamond-backed Froghopper

Eastern Tailed-Blue on White Clover Mock Strawberry      

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  5/15/13

Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua) Same spiketail Large Bee Fly Silvery Checkerspot Silvery Checkerspot

Durham, NC  5/15/13

Miniature roses        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/14/13

Golden-backed Snipe Fly Leech, with visible open mouth Same leech.  John Dancy-Jones told me he thinks it most likely fell off of a deer that had been wading in the creek.    

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  5/13/13

Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Upland Chorus Frog Turtle Bug (Amaurochrous cinctipes).  Genus ID thanks to Brandon Woo. Species ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Ground beetle (Chlaenius genus) Toxomerus genus flower fly on False Dandelion  

Spotted Cucumber Beetle Shield-backed katydid      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/10/13

Immature Common Starling Marsh      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/9/13

Burrowing bug Tiny true bug at north end of Ocracoke Island Least tern? Least tern? Tern

Great Egret Horseshoe crab Mallard Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/8/13

This island, creating by channel dredging, draws dozens of birds.  Here are mostly Double-crested ormorants and a couple of Brown Pelicans. A few houses on the Pamlico Sound side of the town side of Ocracoke A male Mallard Eurasian Collared Dove  

Cedar Island, Hyde County, NC  5/8/13

Killdeer Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) Semi-palmated Plover Snowy Egret False Garlic

Durham, NC  5/7/13

American Goldfinch Mourning Dove      

Durham, NC  5/6/13

Barklouse (dorsal view) Same barklouse (ventral view) Scorpionfly (probably genus Panorpa), on Third Fork Creek Trail    

Durham, NC  5/4/13

Carolina Satyr        

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC  5/3/13

Hollyhocks Honeybee Male House Sparrow in downtown Pink Wood-Sorrel  

American Robin Dove's Foot Geranium (Geranium molle) Velvet mite, one of about 30 I saw in a spot downtown.    

Durham, NC  5/2/13

Barklouse, about 2 mm long Ground beetle larva, perhaps a Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutata), seems to be eating something. Stink bug (Mormidea lugens)    

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