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Aves Clase Aves

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cotinis

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Marzo 19, 2019 01:52 PM EDT

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Rare sign of the double-barrelled crapulator. Seldom seen perched, the presence of these rare birds is often determined only from their sign--they always defecate in parallel. I came across this distinctive mark in Durham NC on 9 April 2019, so just a little past 1 April, unfortunately.

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Septiembre 1, 2007 01:32 PM EDT

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I found this lovely lacewing several years ago in Durham NC and recently revisited the processing of the images.
Leucochrysa insularis (length 12 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/116368
The spots look to me rather like injured areas on leaves, and are, perhaps, cryptic.

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Marzo 21, 2020 01:58 PM EDT

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Seen on a previous walk at Sandy Creek--lots of this coming up on 3/29/20.
Sensitive Fern - Onoclea sensibilis

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Marzo 29, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

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Enjoyed some wildflowers, in a socially distant way, at Sandy Creek Park in Durham today.
Perfoliate Bellwort - Uvularia perfoliata
There was a nice little patch of these along the trail on the east side of the pond. A small wolf (?) spider photobombed the flower.

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Marzo 29, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

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Enjoyed some wildflowers, in a socially distant way, at Sandy Creek Park in Durham today.
Dimpled Trout Lily - Erythronium umbilicatum
The common species in this area, already done blooming and now setting fruit. I have heard one way to tell this from the similar Erythronium americanum is how umbilicatum "plants" its pod down on to the ground, and americanum holds its pod upright.

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Sauce Negro Salix nigra

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Marzo 29, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

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Enjoyed some wildflowers, in a socially distant way, at Sandy Creek Park in Durham today.
Black Willow - Salix nigra
This tree was very attractive with its many clusters of flowers.

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Marzo 24, 2020 07:33 AM EDT

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Found flying low over the edge of a suburban lawn and captured for a studio session. In flight, they show a bright red abdomen, clearly warning of chemical defenses. I have never been able to photograph the abdomen, as they fold up when perched. These beetles emerge near woodlands in early spring and are seen flying about, mostly bent on mating. Like many in this family, they have extended coupling. A pair I kept in an enclosure remained together for several days.
Atalantycha bilineata (length 7 mm)
syn. Ancistronycha bilineata
bugguide.net/node/view/3114

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Abril 26, 2005 09:35 PM EDT

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Goldenrod Gall Fly - Eurosta solidaginis (male, length 7 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/10482
Taken with my first digital SLR, a Canon 10D. I recently gave the images some more careful editing.

Galls were collected in fall 2004 on the American Tobacco Trail south of Durham NC. They were kept in a shaded outdoor enclosure for the winter, and several emerged in spring 2005. They were very placid flies, content to sit on a stick and be photographed. This one appears to be a male, as it lacks the long ovipositor characteristic of females. (I have other photos of them to follow on subsequent Fridays.)

Original BugGuide posting here:
bugguide.net/node/view/15770/

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Negundo Acer negundo

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Abril 7, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

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Boxelder, or Ashleaf Maple - Acer negundo
Distinctive winged seeds starting to form on 7 April 2019 along White Oak Creek Greenway in Chatham County, North Carolina.

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Negundo Acer negundo

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Marzo 21, 2020 01:40 PM EDT

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Boxelder, or Ashleaf Maple - Acer negundo
This was prominently in bloom along Sandy Creek in Durham on 21 March 2020.

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Octubre 10, 2019 02:38 PM EDT

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The same suburban Sassafras tree captured in fall 2019 (with leaves) and then in spring 2020 (flowering before leaves emerge). I enjoy this little tree, toughing it out right on the edge of lawn and pavement.

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Marzo 17, 2020 02:32 PM EDT

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The same suburban Sassafras tree captured in fall 2019 (with leaves) and then in spring 2020 (flowering before leaves emerge). I enjoy this little tree, toughing it out right on the edge of lawn and pavement.
Edit. A botanical friend on Facebook notes that these are male flowers.

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Marzo 21, 2020 09:41 AM EDT

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Coral honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens
Same blossom photographed in bud a few days ago (13 March 2020):
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40030444

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Mayo 14, 2007 03:50 PM EDT

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Big, black blowfly reared from a pupa found on a fetal pig carcass as part of a forensics demonstration in Durham NC.
Black Blow Fly - Phormia regina (female, length = 10 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/53678
Series of images posted for expert identification at:
bugguide.net/node/view/110082
I recently reprocessed these images, and they look much better than my original efforts of 2007.

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Septiembre 1, 2012 09:21 PM EDT

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I see one or two of these bizarre moths every year at lights near its host plant, trumpet vine, Campsis radicans.
Trumpet Vine Moth - Clydonopteron sacculana
bugguide.net/node/view/8033
This is an improved, and larger, version of an image I posted previously to Flickr, but not to iNaturalist.
Happy Wing Wednesday!
Note. This is the same individual as came into iNaturalist from Flickr/EOL:
https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/2511438

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cotinis

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Marzo 14, 2020 04:19 PM EDT

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Dwarf Cinquefoil - Potentilla canadensis
This is one of the few native plants I have been able to cultivate as a ground-cover.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center provides the following description and identification tips:
www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=poca17
A low, spreading plant with silvery-downy stems and yellow flowers blooming singly on long stalks rising from the axils of palmately 5-parted leaves.
This species is very similar to Common Cinquefoil (P. simplex), but the latter has larger leaflets, up to 2 1/2 (6.3 cm) long, and the first flower arises from the axil of the second leaf. [Here you can see the flower arises from the first leaf on the stem.] Both species are indicators of impoverished soil.

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Marzo 13, 2020 06:58 PM EDT

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Coral honeysuckle, or Trumpet honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens
I love how the clasping upper leaves of this vine frame the clusters of flowers. They are said to be attractive to hummingbirds, but plants I monitor always seem to bloom a bit before Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrive. In my area (Durham, North Carolina) the foliage seems to be the preferred food of the Snowberry Clearwing sphinx moth, Hemaris diffinis. Their caterpillars frequently decimate the plants, but it is a long-standing relationship, as both moth and vine are native to this area, so I leave the cats alone.

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Mayo 15, 2005 11:24 PM EDT

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I observed this male at a light near where I saw swarms of females several years ago in Durham, NC. I recently reprocessed the images and looked at the ID issues. I believe this can be assigned to:
Rhamphomyia longicauda - Long-tailed Dance Fly (male, length = 8 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/44785
Compare image of male here, for instance:
bugguide.net/node/view/646072
You can see the long "tail" through the wings in one of my images here.

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Mayo 17, 2012 12:39 AM EDT

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This fresh moth came to a lighted window several years ago in Durham, NC. I liked the image of the moth, but had to clone out a reflection of the flash on the window.
Happy Wing Wednesday!

Zale lunata - Lunate Zale - Hodges number 8689
bugguide.net/node/view/4197

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Mayo 21, 2005 07:55 PM EDT

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Rhamphomyia longicauda - Long-tailed Dance Fly (female, length = 10 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/44785
I used to see these commonly at this particular site, but have not seen any in years. I recently reprocessed the photos I took back in 2005. As they fly, the fringed legs are held out to the side, giving an odd effect. This might be mimicry of Lycid or Lampyrid beetles--the outstretched legs resemble the spread elytra of a beetle, perhaps. I finally got one to hold still and got photos. This one was perched quite still on some violets in the understory of suburban woodland. The time was 6:54 p.m. EST, approaching dusk. (References indicate female swarm near dusk.) You can see the air sacks on the abdomen as well in this photo. Length was measured by photographing the leaf it was perched on next to a scale. HFDF!
Note on behavior:
Adult females congregate in a swarm above vegetation near water around sunset, and inflate abdominal sacs in an attempt to fool males into thinking the swollen abdomens are full of ripe eggs. The hairy legs are held alongside the abdomen in flight, supposedly to accentuate abdominal size. Males hunt small insects and bring the dead prey as "nuptial gifts" to females in exchange for a chance to mate. Males prefer to mate with the fattest and hairiest females, but the cost of being hairy is an increased chance of being caught in spider webs.
Funk, D.H. and D.W. Tallamy. 2000. Courtship role reversal and deceptive signals in the long-tailed dance fly, Rhamphomyia longicauda. in Animal Behavior 59: 411-421.

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Enredadera de Trompeta Campsis radicans

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Febrero 17, 2020 04:35 PM EST

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Trumpet vine pods. See adjacent frames for details of the winged seeds.

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Marzo 1, 2020 12:02 PM EST

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Escarabajos Vesicantes Familia Meloidae

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Mayo 15, 2010 03:08 PM EDT

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Parasitic mites (or beetle larvae?) hitchhiking on a female tachinid fly, Gymnoclytia occidua. If beetle larvae, Meloidae or Ripiphoridae?
Observation of fly at:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19860904
Update: added an image which shows these things definitely have six legs. Sure look like beetle larvae to me, and I think that means they should be one of the two families mentioned above.
Update: an entomologist commenting on BugGuide believes these are Meloidae. See comments at:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1783939

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Septiembre 19, 2006 12:28 AM EDT

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This fly was buzzing about some flowers, though I did not see it nectar. I captured it for photos.
Anthrax georgicus (wingspan 23 mm, length 10 mm)
bugguide.net/node/view/95586
The somewhat lateral view of the thorax, in particular, is key in distinguishing this Anthrax from the genus Hemipenthes, which has a similar pattern on the wings. See discussion of ID issues at:
bugguide.net/node/view/78123
HFDF!

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Julio 14, 2004 04:35 PM EDT

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I found this wicked looking bug on the wall of a lighted car wash in Durham, North Carolina several years ago. I recently reprocessed the images. I have only seen these twice over the years. They are reputed to have a nasty bite, so I handled it carefully.
(BAB = Bad Ass Bug)
Eastern Blood-sucking Conenose - Triatoma sanguisuga
bugguide.net/node/view/59564
Length (tip of wings to base of tylus) = 18 mm

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Rayadora Azul Pachydiplax longipennis

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Junio 4, 2011 10:03 AM EDT

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I found this dragonfly perched on a twig in a sunny patch adjacent to shady woods several years ago at Mason Farm Biological Reserve in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A polarizing filter helped cut the glare from the sun. Happy Wing Wednesday!

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Liquidámbar Liquidambar styraciflua

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Febrero 21, 2020 10:44 AM EST

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There was snow last night with the ground temperature above freezing, then cooling, so snow stuck to vegetation, especially sweetgum balls on trees and on roads. I found the effect visually interesting.

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Junio 3, 2011 09:39 AM EDT

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Found some time ago in northern Durham NC. It inside a building alcove on a warm day, a bit moribund. HFDF!
Anthrax aterrimus (length 13 mm, wingspan 32 mm, male?)
bugguide.net/node/view/96007
Identification notes in comments on an image of a fly from the same location at:
bugguide.net/node/view/63620
"This specimen and the one in the linked photo appear to be Anthrax aterrimus. This species and the Florida population of A. georgicus are the only eastern Anthrax with entirely black wings. They can be separated with a clear view of the side of the thorax, but I think the range is sufficient for these photos."

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Febrero 16, 2020 12:10 PM EST

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I thought this was false turkey-tail (Stereum ostrea), but it has gills, or at least a gill-like underside.
Update--looks like:
Trametes betulina (formerly Lenzites betulina)

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cotinis

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Junio 28, 2012 11:12 AM EDT

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This beautiful wasp mimic syrphid was buzzing noisily about a tree hollow filled with rotting vegetation at Eno River State Park north of Durham NC. It kept returning to the site, but I never saw it enter. I've seen them seek out rotting compost in the past. (Larvae are aquatic "rat-tailed maggots" that live in wet rotting vegetation--see BugGuide account.) The large eyes suggest this is a male (comparing other images and comments at BugGuide), so perhaps it was in search of females. One of the frames here on iNaturalist shows the cavity of interest.

Meromacrus acutus
bugguide.net/node/view/41883

Fuentes:: Átomo