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February 2020

Durham, NC  2/29/20


Durham, NC  2/28/20

Female Northern Cardinal.  I think they assume sentry duty, distracting me from a bird they think needs protection Same female Northern Cardinal Common Chickweed Frog egg? Many frog eggs?

American Elm seed pods Hawk in flight Henbit Northern Flicker Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow Eastern Gray Squirrel in American Elm

Durham, NC  2/27/20

Confederate Violet Trout Lilies Another Trout Lily Another Trout Lily  

Durham, NC  2/26/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle, with wings out Early Buttercup Caterpillar Crab spider Dwarf spider

Horsehair worm, apparently knotted up.  Removed from a paved trail. Jumping spider, likely an immature Phidippus clarus. Tachinid fly    

Durham, NC  2/25/20

Male Northern Cardinal Same bird Common Blue Violet Dusky Ladybug Beetle Same beetle

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Jumping spider (Phidippus clarus?) Katydid nymph  

Long-jawed orb weaver Persian Speedwell Purple Dead-nettle    

Durham, NC  2/23/20

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Another Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Barklouse Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) White-breasted Nuthatch

Another White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch      

Durham, NC  2/22/20

Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), Bradford subspecies, flowers Male Northern Cardinal, deep in woods      

Durham, NC  2/19/20

Sawfly, maybe (Dolerus illini).  Genus ID thanks to Yurika Alexander.        

Durham, NC  2/18/20

Female Eastern Towhee Same female Eastern Towhee Male Eastern Towhee Elongate springtail Male Red-winged Blackbird

White-throated Sparrow Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle (Chlaenius genus) larva Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher Female Eastern Bluebird with insect prey

Durham, NC  2/17/20

Male Northern Cardinal Common Chickweed (Probably) female Downy Woodpecker Male Downy Woodpecker Eastern Bluebird

American Elm seedpods Henbit Red Maple female flowers and seedpods Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows

Trout Lily Another Trout Lily White-throated Sparrow A mysterious little display left by the "Woodcroft Fairies"  

Durham, NC  2/16/20

Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) More Ivyleaf Speedwells Moss Pileated Woodpecker Pine Warbler

Same Pine Warbler Same Pine Warbler Female Red Maple flowers and seedheads Red Maple developing seedheads Red Maple flowers

White-breasted Nuthatch Pennsylvania Bittercress Pennsylvania Bittercress Pennsylvania Bittercress Common Chickweed

Common Dandelion        

Durham, NC  2/15/20

Caddisfly Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren, singing Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Sawfly Early Buttercup      

Durham, NC  2/14/20

American Snout Arabesque Orb Weaver Feral cat Carolina Chickadee American Crow

Common Dandelion Flower fly Same flower fly Henbit  

Jumping spider Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Female Red Maple flowers (and seedheads) Other female Red Maple flowers (and seedheads)


Durham, NC  2/10/20

Jumping spider Red-shouldered Hawk      

Durham, NC  2/9/20

Ant Brown-headed Nuthatch working on a hole in this dead tree Same Brown-headed Nuthatch Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren

Same Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren Common Chickweed American Elm seeds Fungus gnat?

Orb weaver (male Araneus miniatus) Orchard Spider Male Red Maple flowers Red-shouldered Hawk Running crab spider

Durham, NC  2/7/20

Long-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha extensa) Tiny jumping spider Caterpillar    

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  2/4/20

Basal leaves of a Cutleaf Toothwort Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) Round-lobed Hepatica (Anemone americana) Periwinkle (Vinca genus) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)


Downtown Durham, NC  2/3/20

Cherry tree Johnny Appleseed status, Duke East Campus Pansies, Trinity Park neighborhood Rosemary and honeybee  

American Tobacco Trail (Miles 0 - 1.75), Durham, NC  2/3/20

Chipping Sparrow Another Chipping Sparrow Downy Woodpecker Male Eastern Bluebird Henbit

Male House Sparrow Male House Sparrows Persian Speedwell Purple Dead-nettle Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow Tree flowers and buds      

Durham, NC  2/2/20

Male Red Maple flowers Other male Red Maple flowers Ruby-crowned Kinglet Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse

Field Pansy (Viola bicolor)        

Durham, NC  2/1/20

Jumping plant louse (Acizzia jamatonica) Same jumping plant louse      


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