Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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October 2012

Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, NC  10/31/12

Purple Martin bird apartments, with the lookout tower in the background An inlet near the beginning of the trail A Song Sparrow A Weeping Willow that has lost most of its leaves  

Ichneumon wasp Belted Kingfisher in flight Sumac leaves Cloudless Sulphur, which had strayed too far north too late in the season  

Durham, NC  10/25/12

Male midge, one of many moving vigorously in a stationary "cloud." Globular springtail (Ptenothrix unicolor), seen on a log showing evidence of termite tunnels.  ID thanks to Frans Janssen. Aphid, which I caught flying Spanish Needles  

Jordan Lake Dam, Chatham County, NC  10/24/12

Turkey Vultures on a little building housing chlorine stores Northern Mockingbird Jordan Lake Dam gate, viewed from top of dam  

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, Moore County, NC  10/23/12

I'm probably the last person to know, but Weymouth Woods has an established population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, no doubt due to their efforts.  Still, it was pretty exciting to see one of these endangered birds and photograph it!

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) Same Red-cockaded Woodpecker Same Red-cockaded Woodpecker Pine Barrens Gentians (Gentiana autumnalis) Pine Barrens Gentian

Sleepy Orange on Carolina Ironweed Red-cockaded Woodpecker Chinese Mantis Ichneumon wasp  

Scoliid wasp (Campsomeris plumipes) Carolina Ironweed      

Southern Pines, Moore County, NC  10/24/12

Gulf Fritillary on Lantana, seen downtown        

Durham, NC  10/22/12

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa) on White Heath Aster Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) on goldenrod      

Durham, NC  10/19/12

Question Mark        

Durham, NC  10/18/12

Red-shouldered Hawk Basilica Spider Asian Ladybug Beetle    

Durham, NC  10/17/12

While I was photographing this Hentz Orb Weaver (Neoscona crucifera), a slender leaf landed on its web.  It traveled quickly over to the leaf and started wrapping silk around it.  At this point, its fangs started pointing outward, though it did nothing with them while I was watching (which I was able to do only for a short time).

Hentz Orb Weaver (Neoscona crucifera), dorsal view Hentz Orb Weaver dashing across web; fangs appear withdrawn. Hentz Orb Weaver starting to wrap silk around the leaf; fangs are out. Hentz Orb Weaver after more silk-wrapping; fangs are visible.  

Painted Lady on White Heath Aster Another view of the same Painted Lady Male Hentz Long-jawed Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum)  

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, Durham County, NC  10/16/12

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa) Cloudless Sulphur Checkered White Large Mosquito, starting to bite Sleepy Orange

Female Wood Duck Male Wood Duck Flower fly (Helophilus fasciatus) Belted Kingfisher    

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  10/14/12

Stink bug Orange Sulphur (ventral view) Orange Sulphur (dorsal view) Fiery Skipper  

A tiny scavenger beetle (Corticariinae subfamily, Latridiidae family), 1 mm long, which flew onto my hat. Bumblebee on goldenrod Flower fly on White Heath Asters Coreopsis grandiflora  

Durham, NC  10/12/12

Diamondback Froghopper Pink Muhly Grass Porcelainberries Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata)    

Honeybee on White Heath Asters Common Buckeye Mating flies    

Durham, NC  10/10/12

Tiny wasp (Ichneumonidae family) Crab spider (Tmarus genus)    

San Rafael, Marin County, CA  10/6/12

A camellia bush branch left in the street Unusual clouds Edge of a neighborhood  

San Rafael, Marin County, CA  10/5/12

Female Tricolored Blackbird A Western Fence Lizard Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus)      

Hawk Hill, Marin County, CA  10/4/12

Red-tailed Hawk, which was trying to avoid running into me as a big fog swirling up from the west brought it to the top of the hill.        

Angel Island, Marin County, CA  10/4/12

Angel Island, seen from other side of harbor Mule Deer doe and fawns Mule Deer stag Hummingbird Same hummingbird

Western Scrub Jay Western Grebe (actually at the ferry station in Tiburon) A cluster of Aloe Vera plants Two Blue Angels practicing for the air show the next day  

Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, CA  10/3/12

California Sister Another view of the California Sister Sandhill Skipper Pink pea flower Yellow pea flower

Wild Radish Scabiosa atropurpurea.  ID thanks to Miss M on Google Plus. Indian Paintbrush Monkeyflower Graffiti

Rodeo Beach, Marin County, CA  10/3/12

Surfer #1 Surfer #1 Surfer #2    

Stinson Beach, Marin County, NC  10/02/12

Stinson Beach, seen from highway  Adult Glaucous-winged Gull teaching a juvenile how to process a crab  More instruction from the adult Glaucous-winged Gull     

Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, NC  10/01/12

Sandhill Skipper Elephant Seal Leaffooted bug Indian Paintbrush Ice plants (unusual variety, very small leaves and flowers)

Male Tricolored Blackbird Heermann's Gull, seen at a secluded beach.  One of about ten.      

San Rafael, Marin County, CA  10/1/12

Hills Full moon      

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