Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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September 2014

After a long period dominated by the late-flowering Chinese Lespedeza, wildlife and wildflowers made their appearance in Piedmont North Carolina. This included two new species: a Copestylum genus flower fly and a Saddleback Caterpillar (Acharia stimulea). Frogs appeared, too! And a trip to urban northern California yielded some new species and plenty of wonderful landscapes. Finally, the first Monarch butterfly of the year appeared.

Durham, NC  9/30/14

Mating Citrine Forktails Gray (Copes?) Treefrog on goldenrod Same treefrog Northern Cricket Frog Aquatic beetle

Pearl Crescent Red-headed Bush Cricket Purple False Foxglove Ladybug Beetle larva Mating Citrine Forktails

Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  9/28/14

Fiery Skipper on lantana Flowers Spotted Cucumber Beetle eating pollen on a Turk's Cap. Checkered skipper  

Thread-waisted wasp Honeybee Monarch Orb weaver web

North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  9/28/14

A view of the lake on the grounds        

Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, Wake County, NC  9/28/14

Flower fly (Spilomyia genus) Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiatus) Ocola Skipper Common Buckeye Diamond-backed Froghopper

Same flower fly as above (Spilomyia genus), ovipositing        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  9/27/14

Red-banded Hairstreak on Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Flower fly  (Copestylum genus) Flower fly (Eristalis) Leafhopper (Scaphytopius nigrifrons) Trailing Wild Bean (Strophostyles helvola), one plant near parking lot

Paper wasp on goldenrod Plant bug (Neurocolpus genus)      

Durham, NC  9/27/14

Bumblebee Red-banded Hairstreak      

Durham, NC  9/26/14

Issid planthopper Sleepy Orange      

Durham, NC  9/25/14

Fly Rosepink (Sabatia angularis) Female Common Scorpion Fly Bumblebee Longhorn bee

Hoverfly Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Tarnished Plant Bug Same Tarnished Plant Bug  

Durham, NC  9/22/14

Leafcutter bee Large Milkweed Bug      

Durham, NC  9/21/14

Painted Lady Same Painted Lady, ventral wing view Same Painted Lady Common Whitetail  

Durham (local marsh), NC  9/21/14

Gray (Copes?) Treefrog Eastern Tailed Blue Southern Emerald (Synchlora frontaria) Pupa

Durham, NC  9/20/14

Assassin bug (Zelus genus) Cabbage Looper Moths and a jumping spider, which had caught one. Fiery Skipper on smartweed Pearl Crescent  

Durham, NC  9/19/14

A Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) and a small insect on this aster. Note the elaborate work this spider has done with its silk. Striped Lynx Spider Spined Soldier Bug Wasp and ladybug beetle Ichneumon wasp

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  9/15/14

Fiery Skipper Ducks Flowers A local preschool  

Larkspur (near Corte Madera), Marin County, CA  9/15/14

The very edge of Larkspur, showing an abandoned bridge. A pano image constructed from four photos.        

U. of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA  9/13/14

Palms Umber Skipper (Poanes melane). It has a conservation rating of G4, "apparently secure." ID thanks to Cliff Ivy. Probably another Poanes melane Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a rose Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylanoides). ID thanks to Cliff Ivy.

Pano shot of the garden from the parking lot (3.57 MB). There is a woman pointing at me in the bottom right-hand corner; I didn't notice her at all until I processed the picture.        

Richmond, CA  9/13/14

A view from the Rosie the Riveter museum. Ted with a part of the exhibit.      

Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, Marin County, CA  9/13/14

Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) Western Fence Lizard Wasp nest (about a foot in diameter) Reservoir Another smaller lake

A four-photo composite of another section, reduced to 4.06 MB.        

Tennessee Valley-Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County, CA  9/12/14

Gray Hairstreak Radish (Raphanus genus) Mystery sparrow Another mystery sparrow Legume flowers

Seed bug (Xanthochilus saturnius) Common Ringlet Another Common Ringlet Ladybug beetle, landed on Karl's shirt Western Scrub Jay

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  9/12/14

Maybe an immature Anna's Hummingbird, on Japanese Honeysuckle The same hummingbird Snowy Egret Reflection of the Larkspur ferry  

San Francisco (Embarcadero St.), CA  9/11/14

A Cabbage White trying to reach the flowers in an outdoor cafe, but frustrated by the transparent (and reflective) barrier. This suggests that butterflies are guided by their vision as well as their sense of smell, if not more so. Sea lions fighting A Heerman's Gull came close to check out a nearby man's beef sandwich. A cormorant A skimmer hovering

Sea lion scratching Sea lions Alcatraz    

Larkspur, Marin County, CA  9/11/14

Black-crowned Night Heron Female blackbird?      

Greenbrae, as seen from the north side of the Larkspur ferry area        

Chicago, IL  9/10/14

Chicago aerial view        

Durham, NC  9/9/14

Green Lynx Spider        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  9/8/14

Spider wasp?        

Durham, NC  9/4/14

Saddleback Caterpillar (Acharia stimulea)        

Durham, NC  9/2/14

Jumping spider (Phidippus genus)        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  9/1/14

Argiope aurantia spider in its web Bowl-and-doily spider Lots of dew drops on a leaf    

Red Admiral Paper wasp Nursery web spider Man-of-the-earth or Wild Potato Vine (Ipomoea pandurata) Deserted spider web

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