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October 2010

Third Fork Trail, Durham, NC  10/28/10

Little Yellow butterfly (Eurema lisa) Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) Handsome Meadow Katydid    

Flat River Impoundment (NC Wildlife Resources Commission), Durham, NC  10/27/10

Clouded Sulphur Orange Sulphur Female Sachem on Brazilian Verbena Variegated Fritillary Cabbage White

Milkweed seeds emerging from pod Fungus beetle, maybe Asian Oak Weevil White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa) Common Sneezeweed Aster - unusual.  Only Daisy Fleabane flowers have this many petals.  


Brown Stink Bug (Euschistus servus) Field Cricket      

Durham, NC  10/26/10

Crab spider (Xysticus genus) responding to my attention Closeup of same Xysticus genus crab spider Muscid fly on Smartweed    

Durham, NC  10/22/10

This squash vine appeared next to a trail in my neighborhood.  One day after these pictures were taken, someone picked the fruit.

Squash fruit, about 8 inches long Squash flower and small fruit Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) on a squash flower    

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary, Wake County, NC  10/22/10

Virginia Spiderwort Centipede Swift Creek Ichneumon wasp  

Diamondhead (common area south of I-10), Hancock County, MS  10/17/10

Coyote, one of two that ran across the road between two wooded areas Blue Crab, in a drainage ditch Aster, a small flower    

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/17/10

Black Skimmer in flight, with unequal upper and lower bill sizes clearly visible Black Skimmers, Royal Terns and gulls Black Skimmers and other birds    

Black Skimmer in flight, with tail feathers clearly visible Big bird footprint, with large feather for size comparison Maybe the bird that made the big footprint.  Definitely not a Great Blue Heron.    

Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, MS  10/16/10

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar, about 5 mm long Chinch Bug, on the tip of an agave leaf.  About 1-2 mm long      

Gulfport, Harrison County, MC  10/16/10

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)        

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/15/10

Black Skimmer flying over gulls Black Skimmer doing "skimming," i.e., scooping prey from the water with its lower beak Skimming by another Black Skimmer Semipalmated Plover      

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, Hancock County, MS  10/15/10

There were lots of Monarchs, but no milkweed; the only milkweed bug I saw was simply nectaring.

Bee (Coelioxys mexicana), Megachilidae family).  First expert-identified photo of this species on BugGuide, on this page. Gulf Fritillary Large Milkweed Bug Buccaneer State Park          

Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, MS  10/15/10

Chinese Goose Apparently a Canada Goose-Chinese Goose hybrid Red Spider Lilies (Lycoris radiata), common wildflowers from Bay St. Louis to Gulfport Mating Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum)

Gulf Shores National Seashore, Ocean Springs, MS  10/14/10

Devil's Walkingstick (Aralia spinosa), a very thorny tree Wandering Glider, uncharacteristically perched Male Tropical Checkered Skipper Female Fiery Skipper Love Bug (Plecia nearctica), actually a march fly

Ageratum flowers Paper wasp Great Blue Heron with large fish prey American Alligator  

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/14/10

Black Skimmers in flight Gulfport sunset Group of Black Skimmers flying    

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/13/10

Little Yellow Cloudless Sulphur on Red Spider Lily Gulf Fritillary  

Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, MS  10/13/10

Parakeet, maybe an escaped pet Marlin Miller made sculptures out of dead trees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  This is probably one of them. Red Spider Lilies.  They are bulb plants, but apparently can survive as wildflowers, even after the hurricane.    

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  10/10/10

Female Cloudless Sulphur Fiery Skipper Sweat bee, shiny green in reflective light but only black in this shady place Flower fly (Syrphus genus)  

Sandy Creek, Durham, NC  10/7/10

Chinese Mantis Checkered skipper (dorsal view).  They can look golden in the right light. Checkered skipper (lateral view, ventral view of wings).  Gemmed Satyr  

Mating Pearl Crescents, which were doing a lot of flying Thread-waisted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata).  A common wasp without a common name. Spider wasp (Auplopus mellipes mellipes) looking for nest entrance in sewer manhole. Spider wasp entering sewer manhole hole. Argiope aurantia (big photo is oriented correctly!)

Flat River Impoundment, Durham County, NC  10/4/10

Variegated Frillary Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Monarch Viceroy Mating Cloudless Sulphurs The male was on top, carrying the upside-down female during intermittent flights. Sleepy Orange  

Checkered skipper Gray Hairstreak Regular Orange Sulphur Albino Orange Sulphur


Broad-headed Bug Ailanthus Webworm Yellow-collared Scape Moth Large Milkweed Bug on milkweed pod Infested milkweed pod with Large Milkweed Bug.  Several more were deeper inside, hiding under the seeds.  

American Bird Grasshopper Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiata), Flat River Impoundment, Durham, NC, 10/4/10.      

Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC  10/4/10

Rough Stink Bug Blowfly Ailanthus Webworm Moth    

Common Buckeye Paper wasp

Eno River State Park, Orange County, NC  10/3/10

Female American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) Northern Pearly Eye Carolina Satyr Sleepy Orange

Asian Multicolored Ladybug Beetle larva        

Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC  10/1/10

Elongated Long-jawed Orb Weaver Handsome Meadow Katydid Crane fly Seed Box  

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