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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was mild, humid, and very overcast, which kept flying insects to a minimum, although dance flies were active around the Woodland Stream. In spite of no sunshine, our party of five saw a large number of insects, especially moths that had been lured to lights the previous night. Caterpillars are on the increase. The damselflies and dragonflies are present around the ponds, although they were not flying much today. The invertebrates kept us so distracted that we didn't observe very many birds.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hylaeus sp. (yellow-faced bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin larva on redbud)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia semilugens (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (eurytomid wasp, about 3 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Eustala sp. (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Hibana sp. (ghost spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Lesmone detrahens (detracted owlet)
photo by Val Bugh


Metria amella (live oak metria moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (common sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Mordellistena sp. (tumbling flower beetle, about 3.5 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Euclea incisa (oak slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva on Artemisia)
photo by Val Bugh


Lochmaeus bilineata (double-lined prominent larva on cedar elm)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skippers mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Euparyphus sp. (soldier fly, about 4 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Nematocampa resistaria (horned spanworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Lepyronia quadrangularis (spittlebug - head is to the right)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Gull (Larus sp.)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Predatory Mite (order: acari)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
      nymphalidae  Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Acontia cretata  Bird-dropping Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Lesmone detrahens  Detracted Owlet
        Maliattha concinnimacula  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Metria amella  Live Oak Metria
        Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive=shaded Bird-dropping Moth
        Ponometia semiflava  The Half-yellow
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird-dropping Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (larva)
        Heterocampa subrotata  Small Heterocampa
        Schizura errucata  Prominent
        Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva & adult)
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Rindgea s-signata  Moth
      crambidae  Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pterophoridae  Geina sp.  Plume Moth (larva)
        Hellinsia sp.  Plume Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva & adult)
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Ermine Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm (larva)
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
        Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      ulidiidae  Tritoxa sp.  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
        Euparyphus sp.  Soldier Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Blepharida rhois  Sumac Leaf Beetle (larva)
        Systena sp.  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird (larva)
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus sp.  Carpet Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph & adult)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug (nymph)
        Halticoma valida  Plant Bug nymph & adult)
      coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug

    homoptera  cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aleyrodidae  Unknown sp.  Whitefly

    hymenoptera  tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)
      vespidae  Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      eurytomidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      colletidae  Hylaeus sp.  Yellow-faced Bee

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    araneae  araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider

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