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September 2020

Durham, NC  9/30/20

Leaf beetle (Calligrapha bidenticola) Chiles Cloudless Sulphur Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) flower and leaf

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) Hairy White Oldfield Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Another Hairy White Oldfield Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Goldenrod (Solidago genus)  

Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) seeds Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) seeds from another bush Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Fork-tailed Katydid on Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica)

Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia) Mystery wildflower      

Durham, NC  9/29/20

Antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Same antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Antmimic jumping spider (Peckhamia americana) Same Antmimic jumping spider (Peckhamia americana) Female Downy Woodpecker

Mystery insect, probably a nymph or larva Probably a Tall Tick-trefoil Prostrate Spurge Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) Thicket Bean, recovering with a new leaf

White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma)        

Durham, NC  9/28/20

American Snout Antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Tachinid fly Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Fork-tailed Katydid

Maybe Downy Lobelia (Lobelia puberula) flower Maybe Downy Lobelia (Lobelia puberula), whole plant Marbled Salamander, seen during a heavy rain.  Copyright © 2020 by Peter Reintjes Rabid Wolf Spider with egg sac Thicket Bean, with new leaf after having lost all of them

Durham, NC  9/27/20

Appalachian Brown Ailanthus Webworm Moth Yellow-and-black garden spider Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle, at the end of its life Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

Beet Webworm Moth Another Beet Webworm Moth Mystery aster, resembling a Southwestern Bidens species Common Buckeye Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens)

Clouded Plant Bug Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruit, faded Cuckoo wasp Dog Fennel blooms

Hairy White Oldfield Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Hairy White Oldfield Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Grasshopper Gray Hairstreak Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum)

Leafcutter bee Leaf-footed bug nymph Leafhopper (probably Graphocephala versuta), freshly molted The exuvia of the leafhopper on the left Orb weaver

Partridgeberry Pearl Crescent Pearl Crescent Sleepy Orange Smartweed Caterpillar with exuvia

Mystery spider Same mystery spider Spotted Cucumber Beetle Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) flower, with aphid Spotted Jewelweed flowers (Impatiens capensis)

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) seedheads Swamp Milkweed Beetle Thread-waisted wasp Tumbling Flower Beetle  

Two-lined Froghopper Mystery plant, maybe Virginia Stickseed (Hackelia virginiana) Another mystery plant Winged ant Mystery

Durham, NC  9/26/20

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Long-legged fly Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) Fly

Durham, NC  9/24/20

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Polished Ladybug Beetles, mating Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) Scuttle fly Spotted Ladysthumb (Persicaria maculosa)


Swamp Milkweed Beetle Clouded Skipper Crab spider with fly prey Fly caught by spider Redtop (Tridens flavus)


Same Redtop (Tridens flavus)        

Durham, NC  9/23/20

Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren Mystery grass Japanese Mazus, with dew Malaysian False Pimpernel

Parasitoid wasp (Gelis genus).  Winglessness is apparently related to the time of year, when such wasps stay on the ground.  ID thanks to John Rosenfeld. Another parasitoid wasp Rove beetle (Platydracus genus)    

Durham, NC  9/22/20

Yellow-and-Black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) Yellow Woolly Bear? Mystery caterpillar, probably a color atypical for its species Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Another Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) Eastern Tailed-blue Pearl Crescents Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica) Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea)

Spotted Ladysthumb (Persicaria maculosa), which has the identifying "fringe of hairs at the top of the ochrea" from https://alchetron.com/Persicaria-maculosa by Girish Mahajan. Stink bug nymph Viceroy Same Viceroy White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar

Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar Another Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar      

Durham, NC  9/21/20

Common Buckeye Same Common Buckeye Spotted Ladysthumb (Persicaria maculosa) West Indian Nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum), Durham, NC, 9/21/20 Mystery wildflower

Yellow Woolly Bear (Spilosoma virginica)        

Durham, NC  9/20/20

Pink Muhly Grass Smartweed Caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita) White Nuthatch Yellow-necked Caterpillars (Datana ministra) on Blackjack Oak leaves  

Durham, NC  9/19/20

Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) Same Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Pine Sphinx caterpillar Leaf beetle (Paria quadrinotata)

Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar (Spilosoma virginica) Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens) Yellow-and-black Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) Arrowleaf Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle

Possibly a leafcutter bee Same bee Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens) Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Carolina Dayflower (Commelina communis) Clouded Plant Bug Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle eggs Mystery fly

Another mystery fly Honeybee on Common Wingstem Leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria) Marsh Fleabane (Pluchea odorata), faded Northern Mockingbird

Pearl Crescent Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica) Lone Pickerelweed among Swamp Smartweed Smartweed Caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita) Another Smartweed Caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita)

Spotted Ladysthumb (Persicaria maculosa) Close-up of Southern Crabgrass (Digitaria ciliaris) Virgin's Bower seedhead (Clematis virginiana) Yellow-necked Caterpillars (Datana ministra) on the branch of a Blackjack Oak.  

Durham, NC  9/18/20

Web of spider (Argiope aurantia) Planthopper (Rhynchomitra microrhina) Sleepy Orange Thread-waisted wasp Ichneumon wasp

Wild grapes        

Durham, NC  9/16/20

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) Bowl-and-Doily Spider Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) and Little Whitish Morning Glory Leafy Elephant's Foot (Elephantopus carolinianus) flower Leafy Elephant's Foot (Elephantopus carolinianus) flower and leaves

Leafy Elephant's Foot plant Another Leafy Elephant's Foot plant Handsome Meadow Katydid Jumping spider (juvie female Colonus sylvanus) Tiny jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata)

Monarch Caterpillar Mystery object, maybe spider prey Running crab spider with the mystery prey Red-spotted Purple Wasp (Scolia nobilitata)

Smooth Crabgrass Spider wasp Tall Tick-trefoil flower and pea pod Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa) with developing petals Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa) plant

Chalcid wasp Same Chalciid wasp Yellow Collared Scape Moth Yellow Poplar Weevil  

Durham, NC  9/15/20

Arrowleaf Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Faded Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) fruit Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa), showing how emerging petals turn green and peel back. Female Eastern Bluebird

Late-blooming goldenrod (Solidago genus) Hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus) fruit, with damage Ripe Hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus) fruit with seeds Moth Mushrooms

Arabesque Orb Weaver Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Eastern Gray Squirrel Tarnished Plant Bug


Yellow Woolly Bear (Spilosoma virginica)          

Durham, NC  9/13/20

Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata) Caterpillar Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) infloresence Another Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) inflorescence Tall Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium glabellum)

Elephant's Foot leaves False Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) seedhead European Honeybee aiming tongue at leaf, not afraid of photographer Same honeybee  

Same honeybee Insect-like object Male midge Southern Crabgrass seed Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa)

Triangulate Orb Weaver Appalachian Brown Goldenrod, just starting to bloom Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) fruits  

Durham, NC  9/12/20

Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) flowers Common Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

Common Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa), showing the appearance of petals that are later discarded. Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa), showing fading of a potential petal.  It might have evolved to discard its petals in favor of these petal-like leaves. Gall Male American Goldfinch

Same male American Goldfinch Hearts-a-bustin' Honeybee on Common Wingstem Malaysian False Pimpernel (Lindernia crustacea) flower Another Malaysian False Pimpernel (Lindernia crustacea) flower (upside down)

Another Malaysian False Pimpernel (Lindernia crustacea) flower Two-lined Froghopper Arrowleaf Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata), in swamp Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa)

Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens) Common Buckeye on Pickerelweed Beefsteak Plants (Perilla frutescens) Common Wingstems (Verbesina alternifolia) Female Fiery Skipper

Mushrooms More mushrooms      

Durham, NC  9/10/20

White-banded Crab Spider Leafy Elephant's Foot (Elephantopus carolinianus) Leafy Elephant's Foot (Elephantopus carolinianus) Yellow Woolly Bear Caterpillar Crab spider

Tall Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium glabellum) Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Goldenrod (Solidago genus) Honeybee on Tall Ironweed

Pink Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) flowers Purple Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) flowers Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Another jumping spider (Eris militaris) Jumping spider (Hentzia genus) with prey

Jumping spider (Hentzia genus) Marbled Orb Weaver Planthopper (Rhynchomitra microrhina) Nursery Web Spider Same Nursery Web Spider

Tiny mystery spider Mystery spider Spider wasp Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa)

Sycamore Tussock Moth (Halysidota harrisii) caterpillar Long-tailed Skipper      

Durham, NC  9/8/20

Clouded Plant Bug (Neurocolpus nubilus) Appalachian Brown Another Appalachian Brown A third Appalachian Brown A fourth Appalachian Brown


Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Threelobe Beggarticks (Bidens tripartita), with yellow petals emerging Eastern Gama Grass More Eastern Gama Grass Eastern Daisy Fleabane


Early-blooming goldenrod (Solidago genus) Tall Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium glabellum) Pearl Crescent Same Pearl Crescent Same Pearl Crescent, backlit


Seedbox Thicket Bean Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Swamp Milkweed Beetle  

Durham, NC  9/6/20

Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Giant Ironweed Same male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Giant Ironweed Tussock moth caterpillar Virginia Dayflower (Commelina virginiana) Appalachian Brown

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Bowl-and-doily Spider Tall Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium glabellum) Another Tall Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium glabellum)  

Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Same Common Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Froghopper Goldenrod (Solidago genus), with buds  

Handsome Meadow Katydid Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) Little fruit fly on Rose of Sharon Little White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa) Another Little White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)

Pandora Sphinx caterpillar Amberique-Bean, maybe.  Usually they're pink, but this one is different. Same Amberique-Bean Ragweed? Short-winged Meadow Katydid

Mystery spider        

Durham, NC  9/5/20

Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens) with buds Another Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens) with flowers Ants tending aphids Caterpillar (probably a member of the Geometridae family) Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)


Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa) bloom with (apparently temporary) yellow petals Fly Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Common or West Indian Nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum) Tiny orb weaver

Snout moth Mystery spider Same mystery spider Spined Soldier Bug Common Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Leaf-footed bug nymph        

Durham, NC 9/4/20

Mating thread-waisted wasps (Eremnophila aureonotata) Same mating thread-waisted wasps (Eremnophila aureonotata) Thread-waisted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata) Garden spider (Argiope aurantia) Cattail Caterpillar Moth (Acronicta insularis)

Male Citrine Forktail Clouded Skipper Drone Fly Mystery eggs Fork-tailed Katydid

Black-bordered Lemon Moth Common or West Indian Nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum) Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Male Rambur's Forktail Rough Stink Bug

Durham, NC  9/3/20

Ambush bug Arrow-shaped Micrathena Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis) Assassin bug (Zelus luridus) Fly

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) with fly prey Jumping spider Same jumping spider Long-spurred Meadow Katydid  

Orb weaver web Wild Sensitive Plant Mystery wildflower Yellow Poplar Weevil  

Durham, NC  9/2/20

Swamp Agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora) Appalachian Brown Black-eyed Susan Cardinal Flower Goldenrod Crab Spider

Teneral (Copes?) Gray Treefrog Same teneral (Copes?) Gray Treefrog Marsh Dewflower (Murdannia keisak) Oakworm caterpillar Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Same Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Mystery wildflower Red-banded Hairstreak Same Red-banded Hairstreak Same Red-banded Hairstreak


Same Red-banded Hairstreak        


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