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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Despite storms during the previous night, we had excellent weather for the survey (four participants) this time, as the precipitation abated and the temperature remained comfortable. Even the birds seemed to enjoy the break from summer heat; their serenades were nearly continuous. Heavy cloud cover, though, made photography challenging, and many of our subjects were wet. One highlight was getting a close-up view of a mourning dove on her nest (in the retama tree next to the Seed Silo). We found some sowbugs near the compost pile, one of which was eating an earwig. Sowbugs are scavengers so it was probably simply cleaning up a casualty of the recent rains rather than having killed the insect.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lucilia sp. (blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerema accius (clouded skipper pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochroa ligata (conchuela)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Zenaida macroura (mourning dove on nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Automeris io (Io moth larva, newly molted)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllophaga sp. (May beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Paracyrtophyllus robustus (truncated true katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner's shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Derospidea brevicollis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus sp. (spur-throated grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chalybion sp. (blue mud dauber)
photo by Val Bugh


Ormenis sp. (planthopper in the family Flatidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (sac spider retreat, family Miturgidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Porcellionides pruinosus (sowbug eating earwig)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (satellite fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Urola nivalis (snowy urola)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians:
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Crustaceans and Millipedes:
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Sowbug (Porcellionides pruinosus)
    Millipede (order Polydesmida)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor (adult & larva)
        Asterocampa clytone  Tawny Emperor
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (pupa)
        Papilio troilus  Spicebush Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper (adult & pupa)
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Catocala amica  Girlfriend Underwing
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Bagisara rectifascia  Looper Caterpillar
      crambidae  Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    diptera  calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia tuberculata  Robber Fly
      anthomyiidae  Anthomyia sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Derospidea brevicollis  Leaf Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  Firefly
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  May Beetle
      curculionidae  Epicaerus sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      thyreocoridae  Galgupha sp.  Ebony Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
        Texananus areolatus  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
        Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      membracidae  Spissistilus sp.  Treehopper
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Spurthroat
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Paracyrtophyllus robustus  Truncated True Katydid
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    blattodea  blattidae  Periplaneta americana  American Cockroach

    dermaptera  carcinophoridae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx Spider
      miturgidae  Unknown sp.  Sac Spider (retreat)

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