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May 2020

Durham, NC  5/30/20

Sweat bee Same Sweat Bee Same Sweat Bee Mystery beetle Sawtooth Blackberry (Rubus argutus)

Same sweat bee Bulbous Buttercup Carolina Rose Another Carolina Rose Chipping Sparrow

Common Milkweed Another Common Milkweed (one bloom) Another Common Milkweed Northern Cricket Frog Cryptocephalid beetle larva

Damselfly Female Eastern Gamma Grass Male Eastern Gamma Grass Mystery eggs  

Trees at sunset Geometrid moth Large Milkweed Bug Large Milkweed Bugs Large Milkweed Bugs

Leafhopper nymph Another leafhopper nymph Little Glassywing Harvestman exuvia Queen Anne's Lace

Mystery spider Another mystery spider Swamp Milkweed Beetles Same Large Milkweed Bug Venus' Looking Grass

Wild Onion (Allium vineale) Aphids      

Durham, NC  5/29/20

Mannequin and branches Female Red-winged Blackbird Tree Stink Bug    

Durham, NC  5/28/20

Appalachian Brown Same Appalachian Brown Crab spider (Xysticus funestus) Carolina Horsenettle  

Millipede Rose.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.      

Durham, NC  5/26/20

Carolina Wren Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis) Philadelphia Fleabane Flower fly Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Little Brown Jug Long-legged fly Marsh fly Meadow garlic (Allium canadense) Mock Strawberry (Duchesne indica)

Yellow Nutsedge Moth (Diploschizia impigritella) Mulberry fruit Red Admiral Soldier beetles (Podabrus rugosulus) Song Sparrow

Same Song Sparrow Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) Southern Magnolia pistils Venus' Looking Glass Venus' Pride (Houstonia purpurea)

Same Venus' Pride (Houstonia purpurea) Wheel Bug nymph Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum) Bee Beetle

White Blue-eyed Grass Carolina Cantharid, perhaps with a deformity      

Durham, NC  5/25/20

Spotted Cucumber Beetle Tarnished Plant Bug Wild Onion (Allium vineale) Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) buds

Carolina False Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus carolinianus) Geometrid moth Mock Strawberry Cobweb spider (Theridion melanurum)  

Durham, NC  5/24/20

Three-lined Antmimic Spider Buprestid beetle Brown-headed Cowbird pair Crab spider  

Prairie Fleabane Harvestman Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Southern Magnolia Ants with larvae

Durham, NC  5/23/20

Leafhopper nymph  (Scaphoideus genus) Snapping Turtle Snapping Turtle Mesh web weaver Probably another mesh web weaver

Male Zabulon Skipper Bug Same bug Male Northern Cardinal Juvie male Northern Cardinal

Juvie male Northern Cardinal Carolina Wren Crab spider Dock flower Dwarf spider

Juvie Five-lined Skink American Hophornbeam catkin Jumping spider Large Milkweed Bug  


Beetle (Leptinotarsa genus) larva Chipping Sparrow Purple Martin Another Purple Martin Yet another Purple Martin

Question Mark Same Question Mark Saldulid bug Six-spotted Fishing Spider Eastern Tailed-blue

Durham, NC  5/22/20

American Lady Appalachian Brown Male Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Tiny beetle  

Green Ash Borer Deformed Green Ash Borer Jumping spider with katydid prey Jumping spider Leafhopper nymph exuvia

Leafhopper nymph exuvia long-jawed orb weaver Longhorn beetle Meadow Garlic (Allium vineale) Pachygronthid bug  (Oedancala dorsalis)

Penstemons Sawfly Spider    

Durham, NC  5/21/20

Hybrid male Mallard-American Black Duck Hybrid male Mallard-American Black Duck pair Male Mallard    

Durham, NC  5/17/20

Buprestid beetle (Acmaeodera tubulus) Clover Stem Borer (Languria mozardi) Little Brown Jug Meadow Garlic Mystery plant

Stink bug (Mormidea lugens) Wolf spider (Arctosa genus) Same wolf spider Eastern Tailed-Blue  

Inchworm on fleabane Mystery plant, with tiny caterpillar Wild Onion (Allium vineale)    

Durham, NC  5/16/20

Male Eastern Towhee Same male Estern Towhee      

Durham, NC  5/15/20

Large Milkweed Bug Leafhopper nymph Mating Leafhoppers Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre)  

Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense) Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense) Harvestman Orchard Spider Pearl Crescent

Clouded Plant Bugs (Neurocolpus nubilus) mating Tarnished Plant Bug Winged termite Treehopper (Entylia carinata)  

Wasp Beetle on Common Milkweed Faded Bulbous Buttercup Crab spider Curly Dock

Curly Dock Gray Everlasting      

Durham, NC  5/14/20

Black Rat Snake Same Black Rat Snake Same Black Rat Snake Curly Dock? Hairy White Oldfield Asters, unusual for this time of year

Mat-forming plant Partridgeberry Prairie Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) Venus' Looking Glass  


Durham, NC  5/13/20

Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed Fading Bulbous Buttercup Fly Green Ash Borer Meadow Garlic buds


Peapod Shepherd's Purse Showy Primrose Spider (Tmarus genus) American Black Elderberry

Aphids with ant European Honeybee Flea beetle (Capraita obsidiana) Diamond-backed Froghopper Fly

Mystery grass Ladybug beetle pupa, discolored for mysterious reasons River Birch (Betula nigra) female catkins Tumbling flower beetle  


Durham, NC  5/12/20

Emptied coccoon Dark Flower Scarab Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense) buds    

Durham, NC  5/11/20

Eastern Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) Gray Everlasting flowers (Gamochaeta coarctata) Lauxaniid fly Little Quaking Grass Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense)

Planthopper (Criomorphus genus) Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle Tumbling Flower Beetle

Carolina Satyr Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Teneral male Common Whitetail    

Durham, NC  5/10/20

Cixid planthopper Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata) Robber fly Shepherd's Purse (Capsella Bursa-pastoris)

Common Baskettail Wolf spider (Arctosa genus) Zabulon Skipper    

Durham, NC  5/9/20

American Snout Beaked Cornsalad Luna Moth wing Orange Holomelina¬†(Holomelina aurantiaca)  

Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Sedge Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Homalisca vitripennis) Same Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Homalisca vitripennis)  

Same Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Homalisca vitripennis) Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Another Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Another Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Male Zabulon Skipper

American Lady        

Durham, NC  5/7/20

Female Blue Dasher Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum) Jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) with prey Same jumping spider

Leafhopper Leafhopper nymph Long-legged fly Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre) Rushes (Juncus effusus)

Mason Wasp (Euodynerus schwarzi)        

Durham, NC  5/6/20

White Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum) Maybe a tachinid fly Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) leaves and samaras Hemp Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum)

Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) female catkins Mulberry (Morus rubra) male catkins Orchard Spider    

Durham, NC  5/4/20

Poppy (Papaver dubium) Orb weaver, probably Mangora genus Whirligig Mite (Anystis baccarum) racing around a Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) spikelet Same Whirligig Mite Leaf beetle (Paria quadrinotata)

Grass flowers Flea beetle (Kuschelina scripticollis) Eastern Box Turtle Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass Antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica)

Durham, NC  5/3/20

Might be hawkweed. Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Seen on a paved trail. Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica)

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)        

Durham, NC  5/2/20

Monarch on Common Milkweed Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris) Tarnished Plant Bug Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva in the process of turning into a pupa  

Bee Buprestid beetle Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) flower close-up Emerald Ash Borer Mystery geranium

Mystery geraniums Grass buds? Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) flowers  

Durham, NC  5/1/20

American Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) White Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum) Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) Grass flowers Hawkweed

Hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus) American Hophornbeam (Carpinus americanus) Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) Long-legged fly  

Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum) Red Cedar Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tartarica)    


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