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November 2019

Durham, NC  11/30/19

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Same Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Same Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Same Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Same Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Durham, NC  11/26/19

Female Northern Cardinal Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) Same Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) Song Sparrow

     
Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow      

Durham, NC  11/25/19

Aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larvae Black Vulture Mystery fruit

 
Swamp vegetation Chinese Privet Dark-eyed Junco Sweetgum  

 
Same Dark-eyed Junco Dwarf spider Mystery eggs Freshwater worms, maybe in Lumbriculidae family  

Freshwater worms, maybe in Lumbriculidae family Freshwater worms, maybe in Lumbriculidae family Freshwater worms, maybe in Lumbriculidae family Freshwater worms, maybe in Lumbriculidae family Jumping spider

Leafhopper (Osbornellus limosus) Rove beetle Same rove beetle taking off Turkey Vulture Warty leaf beetle

Durham, NC  11/24/19

   
Checkered skipper High cloud near the sun Eastern Brownsnake    

McAllen International Airport, Hidalgo County, TX  11/19/19

       
Butterfly sculpture        

McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  11/18/19

Brushland Shrubverbena (Lantana achyranthifolia) Another Brushland Shrubverbena (Lantana achyranthifolia) Cactus Female House Sparrow Littleleaf Sensitive Briar

 
Maybe in the Liliaceae family Same plant Mystery plant Yellow Bells  

National Butterfly Center, Mission, Hidalgo County, TX  11/17/19

Black-crested Titmouse Bug Female Northern Cardinal Juvie female Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Green Jay Same Green Jay Hermes Satyr

Little Yellow Long-billed Thrasher Blue or hairstreak Monarch caterpillar on Few-flower Milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata) Plain Chachalacas approaching

 
Queen Another Queen Two more Queens Hermes Satyr and checkered skipper  

 
Mystery songbird, most likely a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) Another mystery songbird Southern Dogface Thorny tree  

 
Checkered skipper Warbling Vireo Wild Poinsettia aka Fire-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia cyathophora) Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)  

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  11/16/19

American Lady Male Fiery Skipper Cactus Ladybug Beetle Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) Cuban Anole

 
Eastern Fox Squirrel Sweat bee Turk's Cap Variegated Meadowhawk  

     
Violet Dancer Mystery wildflower      

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, TX  11/15/19

American Snout, on the road in the park Another American Snout, in the garden Mystery bird, might be a Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Same Mystery bird, might be a Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Dainty Sulphur

 
Empress Leila Great Kiskadee Great-tailed Grackle Green Jays  

   
Green Jays Two of the same Green Jays Inca Dove    

 
Inca Dove Javelina (or Collared Peccary) Two little Javelinas facing off Javelina (or Collared Peccary)  

 
Laviana White Skipper (Heliopetes laviana) Another Laviana White Skipper (Heliopetes laviana) Phaon Crescent Plain Chachalacas  

   
Male Variegated Meadowhawk Wild Turkeys Great Kiskadee    

McAllen Nature Center, Hidalgo County, TX  11/14/19

Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) Fall Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) Stinking Passionflower (Passiflora foetida) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Great Egret

Great Egret Cactus (Hylocereus genus) fruit.  Cacti in this genus produce the famous Night-blooming Cereus flower, which is already withered here. Hylocereus genus fruit Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) Same Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

 
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens) Texas Wild Olive (Cordia boissieri) White-winged Dove  

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  11/14/19

 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Carolina Wren (Mexican variety) Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) Great-tailed Grackles  

   
House Sparrows and Green Jay at feeder Male House Sparrow Female House Sparrow    

Hylocereus cactus fruit Mint Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) Same Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) Same Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla)

Same Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) Same Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) Plain Chachalaca calling (Ortalis vetula) Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) at a bird feeder Plain Chachalacas (Ortalis vetula) on the ground

     
Same Plain Chachalacas (Ortalis vetula) on the ground Blue-gray Gnatcatcher      

Durham, NC  11/9/19

       
Apparently a "fallstreak cloud".  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk        

Durham, NC  11/8/19

Male Northern Cardinal Same Northern Cardinal Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Female Eastern Bluebird

   
Sea Myrtle (Baccharis halimifolia) Tufted Titmouse Eastern Gray Squirrel    

Durham, NC  11/7/19

 
Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis) Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Inchworm New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)  

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Mock Strawberry Another Mock Strawberry Orb weaver Pennsylvania Smartweed

       
Sac spider        

Durham, NC  11/6/19

 
Aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetles larvae squaring off Checkered skipper Checkered skipper  

Ground beetle Parasitoid wasp Same wasp Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler

       
Sea Myrtle        

Durham, NC  11/4/19

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva predating on a green lacewing larva Seen earlier, this might the green lacewing larva seen on left. Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva predating on a winged aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larva predating on what might be a spider

Parasitoid wasp Wolf spider Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle larvae Hairy White Oldfield Asters (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Japanese Mazus (Mazus pumilus)

 
Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) "Trash carrier" green lacewing larva curled up "Trash carrier" green lacewing larva, showing head with pincers  

This might be a raid on another ant nest, but that's just a guess.  There were a number of winged ants there. Ants carrying a much bigger larva; the size difference makes me suspect a raid. The remains of an aphid, possibly attacked by a green lacewing larva Dwarf spider Mite

 

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