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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning started cool and cloudy but the sun took over and warmed things up considerably. Our party of seven noticed fewer caterpillars this time, although adult moths are numerous and butterflies are increasing. One highlight was finding a jumping bristletail in the archway by the office. Another was a thread-legged katydid in the compost area. More survey photos available at fpvolunteer's photostream.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Acanalonia conica (planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus mortipennella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chinavia hilare (green stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips georgiana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Arta sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Parachma ochracealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (jumping bristletail)
photo by Val Bugh


Cucullia sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Ishnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail)
photo by Val Bugh


Glaphyria sequistrialis (white-roped glaphyria)
photo by Val Bugh


Zopherus haldemani (ironclad beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea ambulator (walking thread-legged katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Hexagenia sp. (burrowing mayfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Protandrena sp. (bees mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail larvae)
photo by Val Bugh


Platynota rostrana (omnivorous platynota moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Oidaematophorus mathewianus (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Amphibians & Reptiles:
    Gulf Coast Toad tadpoles (Bufo valliceps)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Catinella avara)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva & adult)
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Bleptina caradrinalis  Bent-winged Owlet
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm
        Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
        Cucullia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm
      notodontidae  Heterocampa subrotata  Small Heterocampa
        Schizura ipomoeae  Morning Glory Prominent
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
        Cisthene sp.  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Iridopsis gemella  Moth
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
      pterophoridae  Oidaematophorus mathewianus  Plume Moth
        Geina sp.  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      pyralidae  Arta sp.  Moth
        Dolichomia olinalis  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      tortricidae  Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota idaeusalis  Tufted Apple Bud Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer

    ephemeroptera  ephemeridae  Hexagenia sp.  Burrowing Mayfly

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
      lauxaniidae  Lauxania sp.  Lauxaniid Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Xanthonia sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  May Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Wood-borer
      cantharidae  Unknown sp.  Soldier Beetle
      cerambycidae  Typocerus sinuatus  Flower Longhorn
      zopheridae  Zopherus haldemani  Ironclad Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil
      curculionidae  Hypera sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  miridae  Halticotoma valida  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Plagiognathus sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
      coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      delphacidae  Pissonotus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      chrysididae  Unknown sp.  Cuckoo Wasp

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
      acrididae  Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)

    microcoryphia    Unknown sp.  Jumping Bristletail

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Tmarus sp.  Crab Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      linyphiidae  Neriene radiata  Filmy Dome Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver

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