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October 2009

Piney Woods Park, Durham, NC  10/31/09

Female Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum), about an inch long.  Might be an immature dragonlet. Jumping spider with prey Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Checkered Skipper St. Andrew's Cross, the only flower and leaves left on this small plant

Durham, NC (my local marsh) 10/31/09

Pinkweed Flower fly (Toxomerus geminatus) on a buttercup (St. Anthony's Turnip)      

Durham, NC  10/30/09

Crane fly Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula [Linnaeus, 1758]), Durham,11/30/05. I retrieved this bug by raking leaves. Eastern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus), found in leaf litter Same Eastern Worm Snake  

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC  10/29/09

Maryland Milkwort Jumping spider (Phidippus mystaceous) Moth Wasp Sweat bee

Durham, NC  10/28/09

Moth, laying eggs Adult aphid Ground Skink.  See other lizards.    

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access, 10/26/09

Velvet mite Crane Fly Orchid leaf, present only in the fall and winter Cricket Mating Wheel Bugs, Durham, 10/26/09  

Durham, NC 10/23/09

Curve-lined Owlet Moth caterpillar (Phyprosopus callitrichoides) hanging from a branch, mimicking a rolled-up dead leaf.  ID thanks to Lynette Schimming. Rough Tree Stink Bug (Brochymena genus) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Another Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Looks somewhat like a ladybug beetle pupa with problems


Scarab beetle Marbled Orb Weaver Wasp, about 5 mm long Larva  

Durham, NC 10/21/09

Yellow-and-black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) European Honeybee Megachilid bee Caterpillar  

Ft. Fisher Basin Trail, New Hanover County, NC  10/15/09

Carolina Mantis, on boardwalk Another Carolina Mantis, with prey Gulf Fritillary Common Buckeye Question Mark


Leaffooted bug nymphs.  They were moving very fast, looked like fire ants at first. Leaffooted bug nymph with the beginnings of black wing pads Two leaffooted bug nymphs, representing two instars Two leaffooted bug nymphs on another plant, moving very little.  More little black wing pads.  


Male Sand Fiddler Crab (Uca pugilator) Monarch butterfly Leafcutter bee (Megachilidae family)    


Carolina Saddlebags Eastern Mud Turtle, about 2 inches long      

Durham, NC  10/11/09

Painted Lady        

Durham, NC  10/10/09

Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax), displaying green fangs Same spider looking to the side Large Milkweed Bug Winged ant  


Dorsal view of Yellow-and-black Argiope with prey Ventral view of same Yellow-and-black Argiope Small jumping spider Caterpillar Mangora genus spider


Mystery wildflower, was seen at marsh Persimmon fruit Wildflowers Potter wasp  

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  10/9/09

Margined Leatherwing Beetle on aster.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.        

Eno River State Park (Fews Ford Access), Orange County, NC 10/8/09

Halictid bee Marbled Orb Weaver Young Northern Fence Lizard Fly Caterpillar

Durham, NC  10/3/09

Jumping spider, about 5 mm long Stink bug nymph, with small wing pads      

Durham, NC  10/2/09

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle, apparently eating flower seeds.  In the rightmost picture, the beetle has one seed in its antenna and is holding another with its legs. Plant Bug (Miridae family) Orb weaver (Araneus alboventris), very tiny, was hanging by a strand of silk from a tree.  It had recently lost two legs, which were in the process of growing back.    

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