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May 2019

Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, CA  5/31/19

Abbott's Lagoon American Vetch (Vicia americana) Beach Suncup (Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia) Beach Starwort (Stellaria littoralis) Bee

Mystery beetle Another mystery beetle Probably a darkling beetle Mating darkling beetles Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)

Male California Quail Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica) Checker Mallow (Sidalcea malvaeflora) Another Checker Mallow (Sidalcea malvaeflora) Clover (Trifolium microcephalum)

Common Catchfly (Silene gallica) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Another Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Yet another Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum)


Darkling beetle Dense Flowered Platycarpos (Lupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus) Dove's Foot Geranium (Geranium molle) English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) Field Crescent

Greater Quaking Grass (Briza maxima) Another kind of grass Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa) Leatherwing beetle Milkvine

Hedgenettle (Stachys ajugoides) Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta) Painted Lady California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Grayleaf Raspberry (Rubus idaeus, subspecies strigosus) fruit

Anomalous raspberry fruit Common Raven Male Red-winged Blackbird Redstem Filaree (Erodium cicutarium) Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus) Another Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus) Western Tailed-Blue White-crowned Sparrow Same White-crowned Sparrow

Another White-crowned Sparrow, running Hairy Ceanothus (Ceanothus oliganthus var sorediatus) "Jim Brush" Mystery wildflower Mystery wildflower Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Thistle Sticky Monkey Flowers      

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  5/30/19

Air France airliner Air Force plane Salsify seedhead Elmleaf Blackberry (Rubus ulmifolius) Male Cabbage White

Canada Goose family Canada Goose gosling Canada Goose sounding off Crow with prey Treasureflower (Gazania genus)

Treasureflower (Gazania genus) Hydroplane Ice plant Painted Lady Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)

Salsify (Tragopogon hybridus), a very anomalous sighting Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus) Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) Mystery wildflower  

San Francisco Airport, CA, 5/30/19

Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)        

Durham, NC  5/28/19

Dusky Ladybug Beetle Long-legged fly Might be an oakworm moth Flatid and acanaloniid planthopper nymphs Plume moth (Pterophoridae family)

Rice Stink Bug Sedge Silvery Checkerspot Same Silvery Checkerspot Spotted Ladybug Beetle larva (Coleomegilla maculata)

Yellow Poplar Weevil (Odontopus calceatus) on American Black Elderberry. ID thanks to Vassily Belov. Sawfly larvae (and frass!)        

Durham, NC  5/26/19

Molting Northern Cardinal Climbing Dogbane flower Mulberry fruits Raspberry Termite after shedding wings

Termite afterwards Termite with wings still on, but struggling Termite with one set of wings detached Termite struggling Very much like Climbing Dogbane, but missing the red stripes.

Wheel bug nymph        

Durham, NC  5/25/19

Mature female Hop-hornbeam catkin Citrine Forktail Lightning bug beetle (Photinus pyralis) Mulberry Wheel Bug

Wild Garlic (Allium vineale)        

Durham, NC  5/24/19

Tiny bee on Swamp Rose Same bee Clematis Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Dark Fishing Spider

Leaffooted bug nymph Leafhopper (Scaphoideus genus) Long-jawed orb weaver Rumex genus  

Swamp Rose Wheel Bug Same Wheel Bug Zabulon Skipper

Durham, NC  5/23/19

Bug on Lizard's Tail Climbing Dogbane (Thyrsanthella difformis or Trachelospermum difforme: apparently hotly debated) Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) fruits Venus' Looking Glass  

Durham, NC  5/22/19

American Everlasting Carolina Wren Chipping Sparrow Lanceleaf Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) Male Eastern Bluebird

Fly Ground Skink Moth Raspberry  

Sawtooth Blackberry Climbing Dogbane (Thyrsanthella difformis or Trachelospermum difforme: apparently hotly debated) Climbing Dogbane (Thyrsanthella difformis or Trachelospermum difforme: apparently hotly debated)      

Durham, NC  5/21/19

Flower fly (Spilomyia texana). Species ID thanks to Bill Dean, confirmed by Martin Hauser. Same flower fly Funnel web spider Female Golden-winged Skimmer Male Great Blue Skimmer

Leafhopper Northern Mockingbird, crane fly prey Same Northern Mockingbird Opilion Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Pickerelweed, with several flies Pinklady (Oenothera speciosa) Scuttle fly Southern Magnolia An aphid exuvia and what is probably a funnel web spider exuvia

Fledgling Eastern Bluebird Same bird, with inchworm prey False Dandelion    

Durham, NC  5/20/19

Leafhopper (Scaphoideus genus) nymph Leatherwing beetle having trouble Millipede (Sigmoria aberrans) Tarnished Plant Bug  

Durham, NC  5/19/19

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Broad-bodied leaf beetle (maybe Prasocuris phellandri) Female catkin of Eastern Hop-hornbeam Female catkin of another Eastern Hop-hornbeam American Cockroach

Hooked Buttercup Another Hooked Buttercup Local marsh Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Rice Stink Bug

Mating Rice Stink Bugs Shining leaf beetle (Lema solani) Turkey Vulture    

Durham, NC  5/18/19

Tufted Titmouse        

Durham, NC  5/17/19

Aster (but not a Common Dandelion: it had no leaves) Beetle Billbug Teneral Blue Dasher Bug

Bulbous Buttercup Early Buttercup Common Elderberry (Sambuca nigra) flowers Coreopsis Female Eastern Gamagrass

Male Eastern Gamagrass Ebony Jewelwing Teneral Great Blue Skimmer Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) Jumping spider (female Colonus sylvanus)

Jumping spider (female Colonus sylvanus) Jumping spider (male Colonus sylvanus) Jumping spider (male Colonus sylvanus) Jumping spider (female Colonus sylvanus) Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata)

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle Male Eastern Pondhawk Question Mark Sawfly

Mystery spiderling Squash Bug Swamp Milkweed Beetle Warty leaf beetle Same warty leaf beetle

Warty Spurge (Euphorbia spathulata) Wild Garlic Wolf spider with egg sac Male Zabulon Skipper Another male Zabulon Skipper

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  5/15/19

Dark flower scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis). ID thanks to T. Hedlund. Blue Corporal Common Buckeye Common Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)

Dark-winged fungus gnat (Odontosciara nigra). ID thanks to Ken Wolgemuth. Eastern Comma Same Eastern Comma Flesh fly Golden alexander (Zizia aurea)

Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) Hangingfly Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) Maroon Carolina Milkvine (Matelea carolinensis) Milkweed buds

Orchard Spider Oxeye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare).  Mystery plant Another mystery plant Small's Ragwort (Packera anonyma)

Robber fly (Laphria canis) with picture-winged fly prey Spring Azure Sweat bee Same sweat bee  

Variegated Fritillary Venus' Pride (Houstonia purpurea) Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) Blue Wild Indigo Wild onion

Wild onion Mystery wildflower, might be a Venus' Looking Glass      

Durham, NC  5/13/19

Warty leaf beetle American Hornbeam fruits Aquatic snail Picture-winged fly Female catkin, Hop- Hornbeam

Fowler's Toad Another Fowler's Toad Carolina Cranesbill Teneral Blue Dasher Tiny mating beetles

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva Drainage conduit life More drainage conduit life Yet more drainage conduit life

More drainage conduit life        

Durham, NC  5/12/19

Marsh fly Penstemon Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle grasping leaf Venus' Looking Glass Wasp Flatid planthopper nymph

Aphid Flower longhorn beetle Jumping spider Same jumping spider  

Durham, NC  5/10/19

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass Caterpillar Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Flea beetle (Capraita obsidiana). ID thanks to John Rosenfeld.

Fly? Grass Hawkweed Female Hop-hornbeam catkin March fly Pennsylvania Leatherwing beetle with wing problem

Common Rush (Juncus effusus) Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetles mating White Clover, with individual flowers showing  

Durham, NC  5/9/19

Partridgeberry flowers, among many Partridgeberry fruit, the first in that area Pearl Crescent Transitional male Eastern Pondhawk Question Mark

Same Question Mark Red Tip flowers Six-spotted Fishing Spider Same spider Another Six-spotted Fishing Spider

Southern Blue Flag iris, at edge of small swamp Flowers of the same Southern Blue Flag iris Aquatic snails Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel Deerberry flower Male Eastern Bluebird Flower fly (Toxomerus genus)

Frank's Sedge Hawkweed      

Durham, NC  5/8/19

American Lady Same American Lady Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) Fly Jumping spider (Eris militaris)

Question Mark Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle      

North Carolina Botanical Garden (nature trail), Orange County, NC  5/6/19

Fighting ants Common Buckeye Columbine Creek Male Ebony Jewelwing

Golden Alexander Grass Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum) Hearts-a-bustin'  

Twinflagged Jumping Spider (Anasaitis canosa) Same Twinflagged Jumping Spider (Anasaitis canosa) Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha pholus) Orchard Spider Pearl Crescent

Mystery plant Pyralid moth (Desmia maculalus) Red-spotted Purple Rice Stink Bug Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) Web Fourleaf Yam (Dioscorea quarternata) or Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) Male Zabulon Skipper  

Venus' Pride (Houstonia purpurea) Venus' Pride (Houstonia purpurea)      

Durham, NC,  5/5/19

Antmimic Jumping Spider Hairy fungus beetle (Litargus tetraspilotus). ID thanks to John Schneider Eastern Gamagrass Mystery grass  

Jumping spider Leech Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata)    

Durham, NC  5/3/19

Tiny beetle Box turtle Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Jumping spider (probably Eris militaris)

Jumping spider (male Pelegrina proterva) Lauxaniid fly Leafhopper Low Hop Clover Thrip

Warty leaf beetle Yellow wood-sorrel      

Durham, NC  5/2/19

Globular springtail (Sminthurus mercenbergae) Leafhopper Long-jawed orb weaver Painted Turtle Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel Carolina Cranesbill Dwarf spider Yellow wood-sorrel  

Durham, NC  5/1/19

Bursting Heart, or Hearts-a-Bustin' Ichneumon wasp Mapleleaf Viburnum Orchard Spider Purple Bedstraw

Red-spotted Purple Azure Bluet Bess Beetle or Horned Passalus Cuckoo bee (Nomada genus) Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum)


Green Frog(s) Southern Blue Flag Iris Azalea    


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