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Old 11-25-2010, 11:08 PM   #31
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I spotted this beetle scurrying around the ground and it didn't look right. I got it onto a leaf which I then put on a post for a better look and saw it had no rear legs. It had dug a hole in the sandy ground and was laying eggs!

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Old 11-26-2010, 10:35 AM   #32
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Here are a few photos that I took in November. The sunrise was taken through the bottom of one our bird feeders. The tree on the right in the sunset picture is a White Pine. The Cardinal flew into our window. I revived him and got him going again. Hope he is o.k. The Short's Aster is all along our woodland edges and gives us great fall colors. The seed of the Common Milkweed finds a temporary resting place atop a White Vervain.

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Old 11-26-2010, 12:54 PM   #33
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Here's a little spider I found on a leaf on my screened in porch yesterday and here's some leaves from early November.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:14 PM   #34
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I decided it was time to get my act together, take my camera out and take some photos. I was trying to capture the essence of NC autumn, its schizophrenic switching from 75 to 50, with flowers opening while the leaves fall -

First, we have a nasturium blossom, topped by fallen leaves; many of my plants refuse to believe it is fall:
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next, we have my butterfly sculpture, framed against my clethra alnifolia in autumn yellow:
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then, the classic colors of fall shot, of my backyard maples with dappled sunlight falling on multi-colored leaves:
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Finally, the delicate blooms of witch hazel against the fallen leaves:
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I still have some bees, wasps and skippers flitting about. Winter may be coming, but we are pretending it is not!
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:27 PM   #35
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:28 AM   #36
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Cabbage Aphids, Brevicoryne brassicae.
The Large Milkweed Beetle, Oncopeltus fasciatus
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:26 PM   #37
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Thanks, BBEyes.

MrAnts, I love your aphid pile. Do they pile up like that because it is cold?

I was looking more closely at the plant I labeled "witch hazel blooms" and it most certainly is NOT witch hazel. There are a bunch of them in my yard, and one was next to my witch hazel sign and I wasn't paying enough attention. I'm going to post it on the plant ID site. Any of you recognize it?
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:39 PM   #38
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Thanks, BBEyes.

MrAnts, I love your aphid pile. Do they pile up like that because it is cold?
I would assume so. That picture is staged somewhat because they only gather like that on parts of the leaf that curl over on themselves... probably due to too many aphids. If you have cabbage (including cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, etc...) you should be able to find groups of aphids. I even think ornamental cabbage is a host.
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Niiiiice entries.....
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Once again, this has been an unproductive month for me photo-wise - this is all I can offer...
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