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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, Watauga County, NC  8/14/19

Aphid Tiny beetle Tiny beetles mating Tiny beetles on goldenrod Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) flowers

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) fruits Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria) Goldenrod Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinensis) Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Locust Borer Spider (Acacesia genus) Orb weaver

Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)


Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  8/14/19

Aphrodite Fritillary and Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Aphrodite Fritillary Hairy Galinsoga (Galinsoga quadriradiata) Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Aphrodite Fritillary and a skipper Cabbage White on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Crescent Dark-eyed Junco Flower fly Forest Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)

Heal-All (Prunella vulgaris) Jack-in-the-Pulpit Aster (Krigia genus) Lake Allegheny Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum)


Monarch and Peck's Skipper Monarch Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida) Purple Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum) Tall Bellflower (Campanula americana)

Black-form female Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Female Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail White Beebalm (Monarda clinopodia) White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)  

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Southern Harebell (Campanula divaricata)      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/13/19

Birdvetch (Vicia cracca) Chicory (Cichorium intybus) Crown Vetch (Securigera varia) Male White-tailed Deer Same deer

Eastern Gamagrass Sign associated with the old power plant at the right Old hydroelectric plant that served the New River Light and Power Company from 1915 to 1924, when it was supplanted by another and partially destroyed by dynamite. Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Mystery plant producing many fruits

Goldenrod Goldenrod Groundnut or Potato Bean (Apios americana) Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) Leafcutter bee

Halberdleaf Rose Mallow (Hibiscus laevis), not sure if naturalized Morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) Common Mouse-Ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) Red Clover American Robin Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa)

Mystery tree True Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) Goldenrod Whorled Yellow Loosetrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)  

Linn Cove Visitor Center area, Avery County, NC  8/12/19

View Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) fruits Filmy Angelica (Angelica triquinata) Fleabane (Erigeron genus)

Hangingfly (Hylobittacus apicalis) Heal-All (Prunella vulgaris) Joe-Pye-Weed Leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi).  ID thanks to Kyle Kittelberger.  

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) Mystery plant Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) Roan Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago roanensis) Scaldweed (Cuscuta gronovii)

Scaldweed Scarlet Beebalm (Monarda didyma) Scarlet Beebalm Showy Goldenrod (Solidago erecta) Spotted Jewelweed

Tall Bellflower Tall Bellflower Female Black-form Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Umbrella Leaf (Diphylleia cymosa) White Beebalm (Monarda clinopodia)

White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata) Another White Wood Aster Mystery wildflower Deepwoods Horsebalm (Collinsonia tuberosa)  

Purple Joe-Pye-Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) Joe-Pye-Weed, with two Silver-spotted Skippers      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/12/19

Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) Crab spider Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Allegheny Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum) Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)

Rhododendron Robber Fly (Holcocephala genus).  ID thanks to Ken Wolgemuth. Small-headed Sunflower (Helianthus microcephalus) Two-lined Froghopper Wild Sweetwilliam (Phlox maculata)

Boone, Watauga County, NC  8/11/19

Ambush bug Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa) Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) American Black Elderberry or Common Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Goldenrod Groundnut (Apios americana) Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)  

Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail and Silver-spotted Skipper Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana) Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/19/19

Apples Public park Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Female Cabbage White Same Cabbage White

Chicory Chipping Sparrow Cows Male Ebony Jewelwing  

Fennel Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) True Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides) Gray Catbird Boone Greenway gate

Hedgenettle Fledgling House Sparrow Beetle Morning glory Mountain view

Boone Greenway gate and entrance Female Red-winged Blackbird Silver-spotted Skipper Smartweed Stickywilly

Stink bug with prey Wild Garlic (Allium vineale)      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/18/19

Rainbow before an arriving storm Another view of the rainbow A third view    

Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  6/18/19

Big leaves Common Sowthistle Crane fly Juvie Dark-eyed Junco Same juvie Dark-eyed Junco

All same Dark-eyed Junco        

Same Dark-eyed Junco   Deptford Pink Fire Pink Fleabane

Great Spangled Fritillary Same Great Spangled Fritillary Same Great Spangled Fritillary Ground Ivy Heal-all

Lake, seen from the house Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) on Oxeye Daisy Queen Anne's Lace Rhododendron maximum Another Rhododendron

Silver-spotted Skipper St. John's Wort Venus' Looking Grass Virginia Spiderwort Chickweed

Anomalousy pink Yarrow Yarrow with a crab spider      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/17/19

Chrysalis Mountain view Common Dogwood. An introduced plant. Common Dogwood flowers. An introduced plant Crown Vetch

Mystery dock Fennel Fleabanes Forget-me-nots Grass

Millipede Male Red-winged Blackbird American Robin Spiraea japonica  

Ornamental spurge (in garden) Swamp Milkweed Mystery tree (might be an apple) Mystery tree flowers Tree leaves

Web Yarrow      

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/16/19

Oxeye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) American Robin      

Linn Cove Visitor Center and nature trail 6/16/19

White Clover (Trifolium repens) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) near the trail head. Dock Dock flowers Dodder Fleabane with active flowerets

Male dance fly (Hybotinae subfamily). Superfamily ID thanks to Bill Dean, subfamily ID thanks to John F. Carr. Fly taking off Another fly This strange fly was running across the parking lot. Green False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)

Another Green False Hellebore (Veratrum viride) Flowers of the Green False Hellebore (Veratrum viride) Ichneumon wasp, seen behind the Visitor Center Orchard spider with prey Plant bug (Lygus genus), seen behind the Visitor Center

Red Clover, seen in woods bordering parking lot Male scorpion fly Umbrellaleaf, with fruits Lady-rue (Thalictrum clavatum)  

Tanawha Trail (beginning) 6/16/19

Plant bug Clinton's Lily (Clintonia borealis) Fly Poison (Amianthium muscitoxicum) Beetleweed (Galax urceolata) Another Beetleweed (Galax urceolata)

Indian Cucumber-Root blooms Plant bug      

Boone Gardens, Boone, Watauga County, NC 7/2/18

American Lady Megachilid bee Another Megachilid bee Bug Flower longhorn beetle


Fly Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) with faded spathe Red Milkweed Beetle Treehopper (Enchenopa binotata complex) Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)


Two-lined Froghopper Mystery wildflower, probably a mallow family member Spotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)    

Boone, NC 7/1/18

Leaf beetle (Brachypnoea genus).  ID thanks to Blaine Mathison. Chicory Spotted Cucumber Beetle Mystery wildflower  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/30/18

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Widow Skimmer Broad-toothed Hedgenettle
(Stachys latidens)
Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Cabbage White


Flower fly (Toxomerus genus) Same flower fly Fly Willow Flycatcher Green Lacewing


Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Moth Plant bug Male Rambur's Forktail Male Red-winged Blackbird


Juvie American Robin Same juvie American Robin Spotted Jewelweed Stilt Bug Tarnished Plant Bug


Treehopper (Entylia carinata)        

Moses Cone Memorial Park, Watauga County, NC  6/29/18

American Lady Canada Geese Common Milkweed Mansion, seen from lake Monarch


Monarch on Red Clover Moth, maybe victim of spider attack Mountain mint Mushrooms Orchard Spider


Orchard Spider Oxeye Daisies Pale Jewelweed Picture-winged fly (Delphinia picta) Rhododendron


Rhododendron Silver-spotted Skipper St. John's wort Summer Azure Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)


Virginia Spiderwort American White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata) American White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata) American White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata) American White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)


Mystery wildflower, maybe Fly Poison (Amianthium muscitoxicum)        

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/29/18

Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow, with grasshopper prey Same Song Sparrow  

Tanawha Trail, Avery County, NC  6/28/18

Crane fly Fire Pink Hangingflies Hangingfly Hangingfly


Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris) Moth (Rupela genus, maybe) Snout moth (Urola nivalis, maybe) Neighbor Moth (Haploa contigua) Male Common Scorpion Fly


Umbrellaleaf Mystery wildflower Same mystery wildflower Yellow Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/28/18

Bee Chicory Chipping Sparrow Eastern Kingbird Same Eastern Kingbird


Grackle Iris with Japanese Beetle Another iris Leafhopper (Graphocephala versuta) Leafhopper nymph


Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle Plant bug (Neurocolpus genus) Mushrooms Phlox  


Early Queen Anne's Lace blossom Male Red-winged Blackbird Same bird Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow


Summer Azure Strange tree Wild Onion Mystery wildflower  

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/27/18

Chicory Oxeye Daisy Gray Catbird Phlox Song Sparrow


Phlox with unusual pattern        

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 Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) 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  


Penstemon Beetle Golden-backed Snipe Fly Leaf beetle Freshly molted planthopper nymph



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  

Boone, 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

Female Cabbage White Dogbane Beetle Great Spangled Fritillary Leafcutter bee Nodding 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    

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/28/14

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

Common Milkweed        

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, Avery County, NC  6/27/14

Crab spider on Oxeye Daisy Plant bug (probably Lygus genus) on Oxeye Daisy Fire Pink (Silene virginica) Fly Poison Fungi and moss


Beetleweed (Galax urveolata) Hangingfly (Bittacus pilicornis), Tanawha Trail, Milepost 304, NC, 6/27/14 Same hangingfly Moth Flame Azalea

Boone, Watauga County, NC  6/27/14

Fledgling American Robin Song Sparrow Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense) 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

Pink 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 Pink 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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