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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

After two days of heavy rain, the weather that greeted our six participants was warm and partly sunny. As might be expected, snails were numerous and varied. The Decollate Snail is particularly interesting as it is predaceous on other snails. A pair of Bullock's Orioles was spotted out on the trails. We met a Rough Green Snake that seemed rather dull-colored for these usually bright green reptiles; upon close inspection, its foggy-looking eyes revealed that it was about to shed its skin. One highlight was the mating pair of Saltmarsh Moths. The next generation of large spiny caterpillars cannot be too far off! An appearance by a Texas Wasp Moth (in its outrageously gaudy "wasp" camouflage) topped off a very exciting and productive morning.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Atteva pustulella (ailanthus webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aidemona azteca (Aztec spurthroat nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxophora sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Pangaeus sp. (burrowing bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)
photo by Leslie Uppinghouse


Eristalis dimidiata (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes smithii (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Omophoita cyanipennis (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Helicina orbiculata (globular drop)
photo by Val Bugh


Rumina decollata (decollate snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Idia lubricalis (glossy black idia)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes integra (eggplant leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion)
photo by Val Bugh


Eantis tamenund (sickle-winged skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Curculio sp. (nut weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Horama panthalon (Texas wasp moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Decollate Snail (Rumina decollata)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Eantis tamenund  Sickle-winged Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
        Idia lubricalis  Glossy Black Idia
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Eumestleta recta  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
        Horama panthalon  Texas Wasp Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Scopula compensata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      yponomeutidae  Atteva pustulella  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      crambidae  Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
      blastobasidae  Calosima sp.  Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Oulema cornuta  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
        Liopinus mimeticus  Long-horned Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (adult & larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Pseudopachybrachius basalis  Seed Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  margarodidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Torymid Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Pseudodorus clavatus  Flower Fly (adult & pupa)
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Eristalis dimidiata  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      asilidae  Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Toxophora sp.  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda sp.  Feather-legged Fly
        Gymnoclytia sp.  Tachinid Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Conocephalus sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)
        Hapithus agitator  Restless Bush Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper

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