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Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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September 2009

Baker's Mountain Park, Catawba County, NC  9/25/09

Adult male Northern Fence Lizard, in breeding colors Micrathena mitrata, rear view.  See other spiders. Green Lacewing, top view.     

Geitner Park, Hickory, Catawba County, NC  9/25/09

Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens).  See other wildflowers. Touch Me Not (aka Spotted Jewelweed) seeds and burst pod.  Touching a ripe pod, which has a slender convex shape, causes it to split at the seams, freeing the seeds.  Nursery Web Spider Ragweed flower, among buds Evening Primrose

Glen R. Hilton Park, Hickory, Catawba County, NC  9/25/09

Thread Mulberry Young male Mallard.  See other waterfowl. Virginia Dayflower Asian Dayflower  


Chinese Goose and Pomeranian Goose Probably mix of Pomeranian and something else Common Buckeye, ventral wing view.  See other common butterflies.    

Hickory, Catawba County, NC  9/25/09

Checkered Skipper Earwig Black Blister Beetles    

Riverbend Park, Conover, Catawba County, NC  9/24/09

Little-leaf Sensitive Briar (Mimosa microphylla) Flower Spider or White-banded Crab Spider (Misumenoides formosipes,Thomisidae family), on a Little-leaf Sensitive Briar flower. Lace-winged Roadside Skipper Micrathena gracilis Micrathena mitrata, ventral view


Female Carolina Mantis, ventral view Female Carolina Mantis, lateral view Fowler's Toad Hearts-a-bustin' fruit  

Durham, NC  9/23/09

Yellow-margined Leaf Beetle (Microtheca ochroloma), Durham, NC, 9/23/09.  Seen on a blade of grass near a marsh after a heavy rain. Yucca Plant Bug Billbug, Durham, NC, 9/23/09 This adult male Great Blue Skimmer landed in the water by accident. The same dragonfly struggling to get out of the water.  

Durham, NC  9/21/09

Flower spider Moth caterpillar      

Durham, NC  9/20/09

Viceroy Leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria) Red-banded Hairstreak Icheumonid wasp  


Two-lined Froghoppers Eastern Box Turtle Eastern Box Turtle: head shot.  The turtle had a cataract in this eye and couldn't see me. Assassin bug nymph with spider  


Carolina Dayflower Least Skipper Male Citrine Forktail.  See other damselflies.    

Durham, NC  9/16/09 (at my local marsh)

Male Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum).  See other dragonflies. Tarnished Plant Bug Probably a member of the flat-faced longhorn beetle subfamily (Lamiinae), on a cattail leaf. Phidippus genus jumping spider Mating flower flies (Toxomerus genus)


Pinkweed flowers More Pinkweed flowers Jack-in-the-Pulpit    

Durham, NC  9/15/09

Young raccoon, which came out during the day.  See other mammals.        

Durham, NC  9/14/09

Dirt-colored seed bug (Pseudopachybrachius basalis, Myodochini tribe, Rhyparochrominae subfamily,  Rhyparochromidae family, Lygaeoidea superfamily), on cattail leaf.  The genus name refers to its fat forelegs (literally, fake elephant arms). Very tiny, about 3-4 mm long.  The unpoetic common name is less easily explained.        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  9/13/09

Purple False Foxglove, the fuzziest flower I know of! These mating robber flies landed on my hat Orb weaver Large Milkweed Bugs on a Swamp Milkweed seed pod  


Common Wood Nymph.  See Butterfly Index. Viceroy Great Lobelia Hackberry Emperor  

American Tobacco Trail (miles 0-2), Durham, 9/11/09

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Flossflower (Ageratum genus) Asian Dayflower Kudzu


Horse fly Leaffooted Bug Red Morning Glory (Ipomoea coccinea)    

Durham, NC  9/8/09

Assassin bug nymph (probably Zelus genus) Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) male flowers buds (closeup).  There were about 2000 of these approx. 10-flower units on this particular plant.      

Durham, NC  9/7/09

Picture-winged Fly (Tritoxa incurva) Pinkweed Southern Magnolia    

NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  9/6/09

Obedient Plant Ironweed flower (closeup) Great Blue Lobelia Little Glassywing American Beauty Berry


Yellow-and-black Argiope Whitetop Pitcher Plant Meadow Beauty American Lady Pearl Crescent on Black-eyed Susan.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.

Durham, NC  9/5/09

Small crayfish in puddle left over from a creek during a drought.  The camouflage quality seems to be exaggerated in this photo.  See other crustaceans. Paper wasp (Polistes genus) on Pinkweed Pokeweed: still some blooming! Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle  

Durham, NC  9/2/09

Thread-waisted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata) Halictid bee Green Lacewing.  See other Neuropterans.    

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