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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

With six participants, we conducted our first survey on a very chilly, windy, but sunny morning. Ample rain, including during the previous night, had been a boon for plants but insect numbers were low due to the very cold temperature.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Ponometia candefacta (olive-shaded bird-dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia sp. (pug)
photo by Val Bugh


Platynota rostrana (omnivorous platynota moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum corruptum (variegated meadowhawk)
photo by Esther Burnett


Unknown sp. (seed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer, fresh tracks and scat (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Misc.:
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis sp.  Duskywing
      nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      noctuidae  Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Elaphria chalcedonia  Chalcedony Midget
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
      geometridae  Eupithecia sp.  Pug
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      sepsidae  Sepsis sp.  Black Scavenger Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle

    hemiptera  rhyparochromidae  Unknown sp.  Seed Bug (nymph)
      coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug

    hymenoptera  ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon
      cynipidae  Amphibolips confluenta  Oak Apple Gall
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper

    isoptera  rhinotermitidae  Reticulitermes sp.  Subterranean Termite

    araneae  thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider

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