SC Wildlife


September 2012

Gene's Notes:

September weather was hot and dry. Jewelweed was in full bloom.

Juvenile Green Anoles still were easy to spot. Yellow-billed Cuckoos left for future warmer climates.

Spiders and fall caterpillars were abundant. I found a large Yellow Garden Spider with some tiny cousins visiting. I have not yet identified their species, perhaps one of the kleptoparasites.

I found a new-to-me caterpillar of the Io Moth. It looks like it has ferns growing on its back. The literature says these spines will inflict painful stings.

I came upon an interesting, bristly caterpillar hanging from its silk. My best effort at identification is the American Dagger Moth. I found a very small caterpillar that seemed to be dressed in a camouflage using pieces of flower parts. I believe this caterpillar belongs to the genus Synchlora.

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus).

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis), juvenile.

Brilliant Jumper Spider (Phidippus clarus), male.

Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), female with small visitors.

Io Moth caterpillar(Automeris Io).

American_Dagger_Moth (Acronicta americana ).

camo caterpillar (Synchlora spp.).

November 11, 2012
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