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Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Hillsborough, Orange County, NC  

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area is a detached part of the Eno River State Park.   It includes Brown Elfin Knob, named for a local species of butterfly that appears in the spring, although the Brown Elfins are sometimes found elsewhere in this natural area.  Chestnut oaks are very common on the top of the mountain.

Rhododendrons at Occoneechee Mountain, 3/24/07

4/14/11

 
Brown Elfin Northern Fence Lizard Common Five-lined Skink Black Swallowtail  


 
Carolina Saddlebags, in flight Pinxter Flower Potter Wasp Tadpoles, most likely Fowler's Toads, at pond  

3/21/10

   
The beginnings of a tree, apparently a Chestnut Oak that has discarded its nutshell. Hair-cap Moss (Polytrichum commune), showing sporophytes that have shed their calyptrae "caps," releasing spores, with their operculum capsules remaining.  Shown with small mushroom, with a cap ~2 mm across. Hair-cap Moss in an earlier stage, with developing calyptrae (after fertilization) Tachinid fly    


       
The beginnings of what might be a Chestnut Oak        

10/29/09

Mystery wildflower Jumping spider Moth Wasp Sweat bee

3/24/07

Adult male Eastern Fence Lizard, Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 3/24/07.  This lizard was actually more vertical than horizontal, standing at the base of a pine tree.  Note the characteristic breeding male blue belly.

8/12/06

Mating Halloween Pennants, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06.  See other dragonflies. Pearl Crescent, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Green-margined Tiger Beetle (Epicauta pestifera),Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Robber fly, Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06 Margined Blister Beetle (Epicauta pestifer, family Meloidea), Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, 8/12/06.  ID thanks to Lynette Schimming.

 

Breeding adult male Eastern Fence Lizard, Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 4/9/06.  This lizard was on the side of a tree and the picture has been rotated 90

 

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis), Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 4/9/06

 

Juvenile Blue Corporal with prey, Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 4/9/06

 

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus), found near Brown Elfin Knob on Occoneechee Mountain on 4/20/04.  No tails, even though it's technically a hairstreak. Genus name considered by some to be Incisalia (within Lycaenia, Brown Elfin, Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, Orange County, NC, 4/9/06

 

Halloween Pennant, meadow near Occoneechee Mountain, 9/4/04.  Tim Allison provided the species name.
© 2006 Dorothy E. Pugh