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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Six participants braved the very cold, windy morning to conduct this week's survey. Although it was sunny, the low temperature and very strong winds made invertebrates difficult to find, hence the short list this time. One notable sighting was the fruit fly shown below. The wing markings, when viewed from various angles, usually look like a jumping spider, and it is probable that this mimicry helps repel some predators.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Cudonigera houstonana (juniper budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nomophila nearctica (Lucerne moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhagoletis sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Icerya purchasi (cottony cushion scale)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      noctuidae  Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth

    coleoptera  tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tephritidae  Rhagoletis sp.  Fruit Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    microcoryphia  unknown  Unknown sp.  Jumping Bristletail

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