Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

           

    

J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC

This is a part of North Carolina State University, in order to further educational, research and service to the horticulture field, as well as to provide enjoyment to the public.  Many new species of plants are developed here to meet the needs of local businesses, although wildflowers may be seen here, too.  It's a great draw for insects and spiders, most of what is illustrated on this page.

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

Carolina Butterfly Society Symposium 8/28/10

 
American Snout, found thanks to an alert member of our party (please tell me your name!) Ailanthus Webworm Moth Checkered skipper on a Firewheel Click beetle larva, resting on algae in a small pool  


 
Cloudless Sulphur Common Buckeye Gray Hairstreak Horace's Duskywing  

5th instar Monarch caterpillar Monarch Pipevine Swallowtail Tachinid Fly (Deopalpus genus) Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea), aTiger Moth, held by Brian Bockhahn, who also found it and called it to our attention.


 
Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea) Yucca Plant Bug Turk's Cap Mallow Snowberry Clearwing Moth  

5/22/09

 
Magnolia Green Jumping Spider (Lyssomanes viridis) Sleepy Orange  Monarch.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle pupa  

9/3/08

Female Eastern Amberwing Gulf Fritillary, dorsal view Same Gulf Fritillary, ventral view Silver-spotted Skipper.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.

 

 
Monarch Scentless plant bug (Niesthrea genus, Rhopalidae family) Painted Lady, ventral view.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk American Lady, dorsal view.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk  

Male Horace's Duskywing.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Broad-shouldered water strider (Veliidae family), about 2 mm long Maybe broad-shouldered water strider nymph, about 1 mm long.  It's so tiny it doesn't make an impression on the water at all! Leaffooted bug (Leptoglossus phyllopolus) Southern Broken-dash Plant bug

8/2/07

 
Eastern Tailed Blue, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  See more butterflies. Small Milkweed Bug, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07 Flower fly, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  This fly was about 8mm long. Veliid bug, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07.  This bug was less than 2 mm long. Hanging-thief (Diogmites neoternatus), Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 7/9/08  


Eastern Amberwing, Raulston
Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC,
8/2/07.  See more dragonflies.
Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07 Southern Broken-dash, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 8/2/07


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/8/07

Flower fly (Chrysogaster genus, Bracypini tribe), Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 5/8/07 Long-legged fly

 

4/13/07

Common Sootywing (Phalisora catullus), Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 4/13/07 Bee Fly (possibly Sparnopolius confusus), Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 4/13/07

9/15/06

It's Painted Lady migration time, but the superabundant Red-banded Hairstreaks stole the show.

American Lady, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Painted Lady, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Red-banded Hairstreak, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Red-banded Hairstreaks, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Female Fiery Skipper, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06

 

Rhopalid bug, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus genus) nymph, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06.  This small bug was about 3/4 inch long and has small wing pads. Thread-waisted Wasp, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Male Eastern Amberwing, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06 Sleepy Orange, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 9/15/06

6/9/06

Variegated Fritillary Long-horned beetle.  See other beetles. Mirid bug nymph.  See other True Bugs. Mirid bug, maybe adult of same species. Beetle (Mordellidae family) on flower. 

 

3/17/06

American Snout, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake County, NC, 3/17/06.

9/23/05

Monarch caterpillar, Raulston Arboretum, 9/23/05.

7/23/04

Male Green Frog, Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC, 7/23/04.  It was easy to locate this frog since he was making such a racket with his K'tung! sound.  Note the green on his face.

9/20/02
Checkered White (Pontia protodice):  This is a Checkered White (pontia protodice), a rare visitor to North Carolina.  I photographed this one in Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC on 9/20/02.  It used to be much more common here, but apparently lost its territory to its rapacious Cabbage White and went west.  This butterfly saw me from about 30 feet off and took flight, displaying a cowardice that might explain this phenomenon!

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