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October 2017

Durham, NC  10/31/17

Aphid Juvie male Eastern Bluebird Tiny froghoper Same froghopper Pearl Crescent


Eastern Phoebe Yellow-rumped Warbler      

Jordan Lake (inlet west of 751), Chatham County, NC  10/28/17

This time, the lake bed had no water other than a few small puddles, and was mostly dry enough to walk on.  False Nutsedge, a marsh plant, dominated the vegetation bordering the lake, and those farthest from the center of the lake had died.  A few Water Primrose and smartweed plants showed up on the lake bed, and Tarnished Plant Bugs found their way to the smartweed.  The nearby pond, apparently much deeper, remained full, without either vegetation or animal life.  As I did last time, I found a discarded boot, this time lost under more mysterious circumstances.

Toad bug Seed-bearing Valley Redstem and False Nutsedge, on the far east end of the inlet Blooming Valley Redstem Blooming Water Primrose American Lady


Blackbirds Boot Clam shell Another clam shell  


Convergent Ladybug Beetle (Hippodamia convergens) Same beetle Deer scat, with flies and persimmon seeds Grasshopper  


Ground beetle (Bembidion genus) Part of the northern edge of the mudflat, with False Nutsedge in the foreground Small part of the dry lake bed, with small plants, mostly False Nutsedge View of the southern border of the lake bed from the northern one.  


View of Highway 751 from the east end of the inlet A view of the center of the lake bed A view of the north end from fairly close, showing the vegetation that sprang up as the lake water receded A male midge that I caught while flying  


Monarch (dorsal view) Same Monarch (ventral view) Moth Mystery muck  


Tarnished Plant Bug on smartweed        

Pinehurst, Moore County, NC  10/27/17

Monarch on White Heath Asters

Weymouth Woods-Sandhill Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, Moore County, NC  10/27/17

Flower fly and solitary bee on an aster in the woods Pine Barrens Gentian (Gentiana autumnalis) Fish, (several inches long) in unusually high creek Flower flies and a solitary bee on aster in the woods Flower fly


Sandhills scorpion fly (Panorpa rufa) Grasshopper Wasp (Campsomeris genus) on aster at Visitor Center    

Durham, NC  10/26/17

Male Pileated Woodpecker pecking a hole Same Male Pileated Woodpecker Savannah Sparrow? Song Sparrow Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow Twelve-spotted Skimmer Bumblebee on Wingstem Mating crane flies Differential Grasshopper

Durham, NC  10/22/17

Aphid Multi-colored Asian Ladybug Beetle larva Fly Jumping spider (Phidippus genus) Another jumping spider


Multi-colored Asian Ladybug Beetle Male orb weaver (Neoscona genus) Spotted Cucumber Beetle Same Spotted Cucumber Beetle Tiny wasp

Durham, NC  10/19/17

Aphid Winged aphid Same winged aphid Aphid exuvia Aphid exuvia


Aphid exuvia Assassin bug (Zelus genus) Small beetle Caterpillar Dark Fishing Spider


Mystery insect Jumping spider Probably a ladybug larva Leafhopper (Graphocepha versuta) Leafhopper nymph


Soldier fly        

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/16/17

Great Blue Heron Horseshoe crab Killdeer Same Killdeer Marbled Godwit


Marbled Godwit Semi-palmated Plover Same Semi-palmated Plover    

Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, MS  10/16/17

Great Egret Brown Pelican Juvie gull Same juvie gull Blue Jay

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/15/17

Ruddy Turnstone Marbled Godwits and other birds, maybe Willets Juvie Brown Pelican Dog  


Black Skimmers        

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/14/17

Common Buckeye Gulf Fritillary Same Gulf Fritillary Lilies Little Yellow


Long-tailed Skipper        

Waveland, Hancock County, MS  10/14/17

Cloudless Sulphur Giant Swallowtail Same Giant Swallowtail Monarch Seedbox

Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, MS  10/13/17

Checkered skipper Long-tailed Skipper Another Long-tailed Skipper Yet another Long-tailed Skipper Maybe Paraguayan Purslane?

Buccaneer State Park, Hancock County, MS  10/13/17

Little Yellow Northern Mockingbird Moth Orchard Spider Ocola Skipper


Bee hidden in Common Boneset Common Buckeye Pierid butterfly Crablike Spined Orb Weaver  


Same Crablike Spined Orb Weaver Gulf Fritillary Apparently Asian Multicolored Ladybug Beetle pupa, or its deserted exoskeleton    

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/13/17

Semi-palmated Plover Ruddy Turnstone Marbled Godwit Lobster/crayfish skeleton?  


Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron Black Skimmers    

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/12/17

American Snout (at the beach) Drooping Autumn Crocus Black Skimmer Black Skimmer Common Starlings


Black Skimmers and gulls in the process of moving to a new spot on the beach Mostly Black Skimmers Black Skimmers and gulls    


Cloudless Sulphur on a Turk's Cap Great Blue Heron and gulls Gulf Fritillary Another Gulf Fritillary on a Turk's Cap Gulf Fritillary


Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Gulls and Marbled Godwit Plover? Semi-palmated Plover  


Snowy Egret flushing out at least four and maybe six fish Same Snowy Egret flushing out three fish Flying terns    


Terns, Black Skimmer, gulls and a a large bird that looks like a Black Skimmer/gull hybrid Terns and a few Black Skimmers moving      


Verbena on grass median White Winged Dove

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/11/17

Huge cargo ship headed for the port Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora), which had flown inside Gulf Fritillary on a Firewheel flower Gulf Fritillary on asters Gulf Fritillary on another Firewheel


White Pelicans, which never returned after this evening        

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, Durham County, NC  10/5/17

Aphid, found on my hat Cloudless Sulphur Meadow Painted Lady on Common Boneset Pearl Crescent


Eastern Phoebe Variegated Fritillary in flight Another Variegated Fritillary Yet another Variegated Fritillary  

Durham, NC 10/2/17

Jumping spider (Phidippus genus) Another jumping spider with aphid prey Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) with fly prey Long-legged fly trapped in new trail bollard paint Paper wasp


Female Eastern Pondhawk Fledgling American Robin Wasp Aphid Aster seedhead (Spanish needles)


Tiny beetle Male Northern Cardinal Same male Northern Cardinal Caterpillar  


Cobweb spider Fiery Skipper on Pickerelweed Barklouse    


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