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October 2008

 Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans, LA  10/25/08

Owl Butterfly Leaf insect (ventral view) Leaf insect, more obviously an animal! Giant Centipede (about 8 inches long)  


Banded Mantid Grasshopper Tropical butterflies, Malachite on right More tropical butterflies (Nymphalidae family) Tropical Nymphalid butterfly

New Orleans (downtown near Mississippi River), Orleans Parish, LA  10/24/08

Flower fly Young male House Sparrow, was very vocal and allowed me to come just a few feet away      

Durham, NC  10/22/08

  Picture-winged fly (Chaetopsis genus Same fly as on left Another Chaetopsis genus picture-winged fly Crab spider, and 3 mm long

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC  10/20/08 (photos by Karl D. Gottschalk)

Mountain Lion Grizzly Bear Giraffe and Zebras Roadrunner  


Wildflowers Male Fiery Skipper Probably a male Fiery Skipper, but looks somewhat like a male Sachem    

Durham, NC  10/20/08

Pearl Crescent Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiatus) Virginia Flower Fly (Milesia virginiensis) Checkered skipper  


Honeybee (Apis mellifera).  There were dozens of honeybees on these asters. Tipulid crane fly Tipulid crane fly in flight    

Durham, NC (My neighorhood swamp and marsh)  10/16/08

These Common Buckeyes were just a few of dozens seen seeking mates in the grassy border of the marsh surrounding the swamp.  The ventral sides of their hind wings were the dark hue typical of this time of year.        


Eastern Tailed Blues mating  

Durham, NC (mostly my neighorhood swamp and marsh) 10/15/08

The top row photos were taken in a grassy area near my neighborhood swamp.  The second row was taken in a clump of asters near the swamp.

Crab spider (Xysticus genus) Eastern Narrow-mouth Toad.  It was about 12 mm long, taking leaps much longer than its own length. Soft-winged flower beetle Marsh fly Female Citrine Forktail


Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Flower fly (Helophilus fasciatus) Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiatus) Cloudless Sulphur, dorsal view (not in swamp area) Cloudless Sulphur, ventral view (not in swamp area)


Leaffooted Bug nymph, late instar.  Wing pads are maybe half-developed.        

Durham, NC  10/14/08

Orange Sulphur Female Sachem

Durham, NC  10/13/08

Black Vulture, one of two seen on a power line tower (Copes'?) Gray Treefrog      

Durham, NC  10/12/08

Female Fiery Skipper Painted Lady (dorsal view): Something apparently had taken a bite out of this butterfly's right hind wing. Painted Lady (ventral view of unharmed left hind wing) Painted Lady (ventral view of right wing: most of the eyespots are gone, perhaps the target of a bite.)  

Durham, NC  10/8/08

American Lady, dorsal view Clouded Skipper Ichneumonid wasp    

Durham, NC  10/6/08

American Lady Same American Lady as on left: note how lighting changes the forewing colors. Ambush Bug Thread-waisted wasp Mystery wasp Maybe a braconid wasp

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  10/5/08

Least Skipper, found in Siler's Bog Pearl Crescent, seen on trail in Siler's Bog Common Buckeye, seen on trail in frequently mowed field Black Blister Beetle, also seen in frequently mowed field  

Durham, NC  10/5/08


Duke Gardens, Durham, NC 10/3/08

Long-tailed Skipper, missing its "tails" Another Long-tailed Skipper Female Sachem Fiery Skippers engaged in courtship ritual (female on top)


Barnacle Goose, resting on one leg.  Its beak seems to be damaged. Mystery duck Male Sachem in flight.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk. Male Fiery Skipper.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Spider, maybe Castaneira genus, according to Eric R. Eaton.

Durham, NC  10/1/08

Snowberry Clearwing Moth Fiery Skipper Weevil    


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