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Hanging Rock State Park, Walnut Cove, Stokes County, NC

Bristly Locust flower, 5/22/08 A 12-acre lake created by the damming of Cascade Creek, 5/22/08 View from Moore's Knob summit Pilot Mountain: view from Moore's Knob summit      


Dwarf Violet Iris (Iris verna) only about 2 inches high.  It was the only one I saw all day. A fringe tree, seen near the lookout point at Cook's Wall.  You can see the distant valley in the background. A fetterbush (Lyonia genus?), with some leaves just coming in and some fruits (at the bottom), the only one I saw all day. A large crane fly  

Elephant mosquito Female Juvenal's Duskywing Snipe fly (Rhagio mystaceous) Turkey Vulture  

Flower fly (Sericomyia chrysotoxoides), seen near Cook's Wall lookout.  Tentative ID thanks to JBurger Male Juvenal's Duskywing      


Eastern Fence Lizard, only 2 inches long White-tailed Deer Ichneumon wasp Spider wasp? Fungus weevil


Stars can shine.  In fact, stars can light up the sky: even at new moon, everything here was clearly visible at night.  The air was so clean I could get to the summit of Moore's Knob (2500 feet) with little more effort than it takes to do a routine walk back home in the big city.  We never think of air quality as being related to heart health, but maybe we should start doing it.

Ant dragging a bee by one wing.  Bee was marginally alive. Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo), Moore's Knob Trail near summit, Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, NC, 4/10/10 Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum), somewhat past "blooming" time Leaf beetle (Chrysomela scripta), seen at the observation tower at the summit of Moore's Knob, far from anything with leaves on it. Mourning Cloak.  Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.

Field Pansy Small (10 mm) scarab beetle (Hoplia trivialis) Halberd-leaved (Yellow) Violet (Viola hastata).  Seen at the same elevation as the lake (about 1200 feet). Carolina Hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana) cones, opened.  These showed up in the rocky upper reaches of Moore's Knob (2500 feet high).  These are endangered by the woolly adelgid, but only state-listed in Tennessee.  


Fetter-bush, Mountain Andromeda or Lily-of-the-Valley shrub (Pieris floribunda), Ericaceae family Common Groundpine (Dendrolycopodium obscuram) Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum) Might be part of a pear tree. Seen at Moore's Knob summit.



Oak Treehopper Flower fly, maybe an Allograpta obliqua, subfamily Syrphinae Bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea).  Alas, very confusing shadows! Red-banded Hairstreak Male Broadhead Skink


Lichen Moth Fungus gnat (Mycetophilidae family).  Family ID by Andy Calderwood, seconded by Eric R. Eaton Spider Ichneumonid wasp Black Rat Snake

Hanging Rock State Park, Walnut Cove, Stokes County, NC

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