Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

        

Boone,Watauga County, NC, and parts south and west

Grandfather Mountain (Avery County, seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Caldwell County), 5964 ft. elev.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Linn Cove Viaduct.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk      

Boone Gardens, Watauga County, NC  6/8/17

 
Froghopper (Aphrophora saratogensis). ID thanks to Ken Wolgemuth. Lanternless lightning bug (Lucidota atra) Leafhopper Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta.)  

 

Long-legged fly Moth Tree flower Varied Carpet Beetle Weevil

 

   
Crab spider Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Flower longhorn beetle, probably a victim of a recent spider attack    

Boone Greenway, Watauga County, NC 6/8/17

Heal-all Eastern Phoebe Song Sparrow Song Sparrow Wildflowers

Julian Price Park, Watauga County, NC  6/7/17

 
Partridgeberry blooms Swimming snake Tadpole Another tadpole  

 

Wildflower Beetle Golden-backed Snipe Fly Leaf beetle Freshly molted leafhopper nymph

 

       
Millipede        

Tanawha Trail, Caldwell County, NC  6/7/17

Mystery beetle Flame Azalia Gray's Lily Another Gray's Lily Plant bug

 

       
Female scorpion fly        

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  6/6/17

Chipmunk Crab spider Dark-eyed Junco Eastern Tailed-Blue Fly Poison

 

Jack-in-the-pulpit bloom View of the lake below from the entrance Water lilies in the lake Owlet moth, near the entrance Rustic Borer

 

Scorpion fly Soldier beetle (Podabrus fayi) St. John's Wort Stink bug Swan

 

 
Water lilies Mystery wildflower Assassin bug with prey? Rustic Borer beetle  

 

 
Cabbage White Caddisfly maybe Moses Cone mansion seen from the far end of the lake Some water lilies up close  

Boone, NC  6/6/17

American Goldfinch Singing Gray Catbird Branch of Norwegian Spruce Cones of Norwegian Spruce Oakleaf Hydrangea

 

Eastern Phoebe Same Eastern Phoebe, singing Same Eastern Phoebe, again singing Male Red-winged Blackbird Same male Red-winged Blackbird

 

American Robin Female American Robin with nesting material Male American Robin addressing female Mating attempt Vine flowers

 

   
Male Ebony Jewelwing Fire Pink Snapping Turtle    

Boone, NC  6/5/17

Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow Song Sparrow Summer Azure Cabbage White

 

 
Fledgling American Robin Skipper, maybe a female Sachem Another Song Sparrow Song Sparrow  

oone, Watauga County, NC  8/18/15

   
Fiery Skipper Orange Sulphur Chicory flowers, one white, of a plant mowed down although some five years ago this plant was allowed to grow, as shown by the June 30, 2010 entry below.    

Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, NC  8/17/15

Cabbage White Dogbane Beetle Great Spangled Fritillary Leafcutter bee Wild Onion

         
Peck's Skipper Another Peck's Skipper Yet another Peck's Skipper Wasp on aster          

Tanawha Trail (Milepost 304), NC  8/17/15

Stink bug nymph (actually on the Blue Ridge Parkway nearby) Scorpion fly Planthopper Pink Turtlehead buds Pale Jewelweed

 
Bumblebee (Bombus vagans or sandersoni) ? Magnolia seedhead Crane fly Scorpion fly  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/16/15

Ailanthus Webworm Moth American Groundnut Asian Multicolored Ladybug Crab spider on coneflower Ebony bugs on goldenrod

Locust Borer Beetle Male orb weaver Silver-spotted Skipper Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and bee on thistle Blowfly

Tachinid fly Same tachinid fly Scarlet bee balm Snout moth Tachinid fly

Boone Gardens, Watauga County, NC  6/17/15

Great Spangled Fritillary on Common Milkweed Dogbane Beetle Goatsbeard Silver-spotted Skipper on Dogbane Red Milkweed Beetle

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/17/15

Snipe fly (Chrysopilus quadratus) Twelve-spotted Skimmer Summer Azure Yellow Flag Iris Tiny scarab beetle on Oxeye Daisy

Blue Ridge Parkway, Watauga County, NC  6/16/15

Robber fly Flower fly Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria) Mountain Laurel Silver-spotted Skipper

Tanawha Trail, Watauga County, NC  6/16/15

 
Gray's Lily flower (Lilium grayi) Crane fly Indian Cucumber Root Galax Linn Cove Viaduct, seen from the Tanawha Trail  

       
Robber fly (Dioctria genus?)        

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/16/15

       
Male Red-winged Blackbird        

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/15/15

   
Flower fly Robin Wildflower (Spiraea japonica)    

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/14/15

   
Eastern Garter Snake, wriggled in and out of the grass. On greenway. Great Spangled Fritillary, at the drainage pond Leafhopper, on greenway    
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Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/28/14

Holly Borer (Synanthedone kathyae) Male Ebony Jewelwing Fly Leafhopper Pines

       
Mystery plant        

Boone Gardens, Watauga County, NC  6/28/14

 
Bumblebee and Japanese Beetle on hibiscus Bee on daisy Great Spangled Fritillary on Butterfly Weed Little Glassywing  

 
Meadow Fritillary Plant Bug (Neurocolpus nubilus) Crossline Skipper Water strider  

Tanawha Trail, Milepost 304, NC  6/27/14

Crab spider on daisy Bug on daisy Fire Pink Fly Poison Fungi and moss

Galax Hangingfly Same hangingfly Moth Flame Azalea

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/27/14

 
American Robin Song Sparrow Wild Onion Crown Vetch  

     
Four-flower Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora) Mini-garden      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/26/14

 
Ambush bug (rear view) Ambush bug (side view) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle with aphid prey Plant bug  

Flowers (Spiraea japonica). ID thanks to Eric Hunt. Forget-Me-Not Tortricid moth hanging from grass flowers American Robin Woolly Aphid

 
Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow, come down to investigate me St. John's Wort Tachinid fly  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/3/12

 
Green lacewing larva Pipevine Swallowtail Black form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Sleeping bumblebee  

Tanawha Trail, Avery County, NC  8/3/12

Red Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua obliqua) Monkshood Angelica
Umbrellaleaf Umbrellaleaf and Red Bergamot

       
Grandfather Mountain        

Tanawha Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway, Avery County, NC  8/2/12

The Tanawha Trail goes 13.5 miles from Julian Price Park in Watauga County to the Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center in Avery County.  See the live map at the end of this section to trace the trail, which parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Price Park. Tanawha Trail description by the National Park Service

Blue Ridge Mountains Crab spider, probably Mecaphesa asperata Green Stink Bug nymph Pipevine Swallowtail Another Pipevine Swallowtail

 
Orchard Spider Orb weaver Red Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) Dark-eyed Junco  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/2/12

Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) Sweat bee on a mint plant Eastern Tiger Swallowtail? Aprodite Fritillary Tiny crab spider on a small aster

       
Gray Hairstreak on an aster        


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Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/1/12

Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) on aster Hornet on Queen Anne's Lace Male American Goldfinch Crown Vetch Female Sachem

Painted Lady Pipevine Swallowtails in competition Trumpet Creeper Weeping Willow Smaller Weeping Willow

Boone (in town), NC  7/8/11

     
Stonefly on Queen Anne's Lace Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle pupa      

Linn Cove Viaduct Visitors Center (National Park Service) Trail, Avery County  7/8/11

Leaffooted bug nymph Umbrella Leaf, with fruits Umbrella leaf fruits Visitors Center Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)


     
Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia magnophylla) Scarlet Bee-balm      

Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC  7/8/11

 
Mating Dogbane Beetles Treehopper (Entylia carinata) Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) Black Cohosh (thumbnail got surprise rotation)  


Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  7/8/11

     
Two-lined Plant Bug From Blue Ridge Parkway      

Julian Price Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  7/7/11

See the live map above to navigate to this park.

 
Spittlebug (Clastoptera genus) Ichneumon wasp (3 or 4 mm long) Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Solomon's Seal  

Boone Greenway, Watauga County, NC  7/7/11

Green June Beetle, seen on underside of Queen Anne's Lace blossom Cabbage White Tachinid fly (Gymnosoma genus, Phasiinae subfamily), on Queen Anne's lace Potter wasp Crown Vetch (an introduced plant)

Boone Greenway, Watauga County, NC  7/6/11

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii, species in doubt).  ID thanks to Harry LeGrand.  Common Mullein Forget-me-not Female Sachem Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Greenway Trail, Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/30/10

 
Female Cabbage White, dorsal view Chicory flowers, including one albino (on Blowing Rock Rd. corner). Angelica Phlox  


 
Moth Mullein Killdeer at rest Killdeer in flight Queen Anne's Lace  


       
Cabbage White        

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/6/08

Harvester Flea beetles mating Leafhopper Bee? Tortoise beetle

 

     
Striped Lynx spider (Oxyopes salticus), with small green prey Tarnished Plant Bug on Spotted Jewelweed flower      

Daniel Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/5/08

 
Ambush Bug, leaving flower This is where the Ambush Bug on the left was before. Another view. Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta).  Note wing sticking out on the side.  

 

   
Netwinged beetles mating Mating White-lined Burrower Bugs Thread-waisted wasp    

 

     
Pearl Crescent Cuckoo wasp      

Blue Ridge Parkway, Caldwell County, NC  8/5/08 (mileposts 296-302)

Picture-winged fly (Callopistromyia annulipes).  ID thanks to Ron M. Male Scorpion Fly Tachinid flies Yellow-and-black Argiope Mystery stink bug

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/4/08

 
Peck's Skipper Monarch Aphrodite Fritillary Great Spangled Fritillary  

 

 
Pipevine Swallowtail (ventral view) Male Pipevine Swallowtail (dorsal view) Female black form Easter Tiger Swallowtail Gray Hairstreak  

 

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