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Common name - Latin name
    Notes on sex, behavior, location

Any corrections or additional information would be greatly appreciated. Please don't take my ID guesses as incontrovertible!

I use a Canon Rebel T6 with two lenses - 18-55mm and 75-300mm. Photos taken with another device will be noted.

Dragonflies and damselflies

Familiar bluet - Enallagma civile
    Male and female. Medium. Lands often. Seen flying alone, sitting on grass and on pond scum, mating. Tolerates less than ~1 meter distance. Seen far from pond.

Common whitetail skimmer - Libellula lydia
    Male and female. Fast and curious. Males seen fighting; will fly while mating. Female seen sitting on pond scum, jumping repeatedly off a twig as male flies above. Seen far from pond - males land on path, sand, or walls and ticks wings like clock hands. Will repeatedly do this as I approach.

Black saddlebag skimmer - Tramea lacerata
    Large. Fast and curious. Never seen stationary. Seen far from pond.

Twelve-spotted skimmer - Libellula pulchella
    Large. Camped in a pine tree for a short while.

Unknown - small orange dragonfly
    Small. Prefers to land on bushes instead of on grass. Fast flier and lands infrequently.

Unknown - large orange dragonfly
    Curious. Lands infrequently on pond scum. Misattributed as Eastern amberwing.

Unknown - green large dragonfly
    Seen once. Large. Stationary; tolerates ~1 meter.

Unknown - small orange damselfly
- likely orange bluet, Enallagma signatum
    Males and females. Acts similarly to other bluets: seen mating on pond scum.

Unknown - blue, black, green darter
    Males and females. Seems to prefer grass over pond scum. Tolerates a close distance. Seen hunting gnats in early morning. Eastern forktail (Ischnura verticalis)?

Unknown - meadowhawk
    Curious and friendly. Hovers for a while, sometimes circling around me at about 1.5 meters. Hunts on pond surface in early morning. Orange meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)?


Basilica orb weaver - Mecynogea lemniscata
    3 females confirmed, 2 males suspected. 2 females seen with egg sacs; new eggs appear every few days to a week. The other female may have had 1 or 2 suitors. Somewhat sensitive to wind; one female with egg sacs moves to tend them after web movement. Web remains; is repaired instead of re-spun.

Grass spider - Agelenopsis. sp.
    Many adults and young. Young spiders without webs run away quickly. Most small grass webs are only visible in the morning after rain. Adult spiders tend webs, rarely moving. Somewhat sensitive to wind.

Unknown - tiny spider
    Bright orange flash spot on belly.

Unknown - wolf spider - family Lycosidae
    Indoors. Fast.

Unknown - orb weaver (suspected spotted orb weaver)
    Quite round. Maybe about an inch or so long. Stationary during the day; may rebuild its web every night or every couple of nights.

Butterflies and moths

Imperial moth - Eacles imperialis
    Stationary and unperturbed.

Spotted lanternfly - Lycorma delicatula
    One seen moving slowly on pavement. Note: invasive species. US state departments of agriculture recommend trapping and killing.

Monarch butterfly - Danaus plexippus
    One seen enthusiastic on thistle. Flapped wings to warn approaching bee or wasp.

Eastern tiger swallowtail - Papilio glaucus (most likely candidate)
    One seen on thistle, alongside monarch. Largely ignored each other. Wings were slightly ripped.

Hummingbird clearwing - Hemaris thisbe
    One seen on thistle for a few minutes. Tolerant of skippers on the same flower. Did not land.
Pearl crescent - Phyciodes tharos
    Small and fast. One seen stretching on grass for a few seconds. Got in a fight with possibly a skipper or another pearl crescent.

Unknown - bagworm
    Stationary and plentiful.

Unknown - skipper(s)
    Plentiful. They sun themselves on flowers, grass, or mulch. Somewhat shy, but they often fly away less than a meter away. Sometimes bicker.

Other insects

Unknown - larvae or caterpillars
    Suspected dogwood sawfly (larvae, second instar, approx. 15) - Macremphytus tarsatus. Gregarious. Seen early in the morning. Can confirm if bush is dogwood; or if third instar (distinctive yellow/black pattern) is seen. If not, other candidates must be researched. Note - larvae eat leaves on outer edge

Unknown - millipede
    Seen singularly at all times of day. If head is covered, it believes it is hiding.

Unknown - "pill bug"
    Not known if this is the woodlouse/arthropod pill bug or the pill millipede. Dozens of young in the early morning, ~3-5mm (varying sizes).


Canada goose - Branta canadensis
    Many adults. Slow and cautious.

Great blue heron - Ardea herodias
    Likely juvenile. Not too bothered by approach - 7-8 meters.

American black vulture - Coragyps atratus
    Gregarious - four or five on top of a three-story building. Uncomfortable with my approach. If singular, mobbed by smaller birds.

Unknown - crow, Corvus sp.
    Gregarious, noisy, and shy.

Blue jay - Cyanocitta cristata
    One seen. Extemely shy.

House sparrow - Passer domesticus
    Gregarious and noisy. Many adults and one egg shell seen.

Mallard duck - Anas platyrhynchos
    Adult female and one - previously four - young. Young often not accompanied by mother.

Mourning dove - Zenaida macroura
    Sitting on roof.

Northern cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis
    Flying overhead.

Northern flicker - Colaptes auratus
    Annoyingly shy.


Raccoon - Procyon lotor
    Seen dead in a clearing.

White-tailed deer - Odocoileus virginianus
    Unexpectedly tolerant doe. Very cute.

Unknown - slug
    Gregarious. Present before sunset and, less commonly, after sunrise. Will shrink and move from light.

Unknown - snail
    Tiny - about 4 mm. Shrinks into its shell when frightened; can compress itself very far back. Unfurled in my hand - very slimy.

    Stray unfixed tom. Hopefully not the one that killed the ducks.

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