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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Two people conducted the final survey of the year; the weather was cool and rainy. Below are shown some interesting comparisons: a midge and a mosquito (two different families of true flies), a brown lacewing and a green lacewing (again, different families), and a harvestman and a spider (the former produces no silk or venom, while the latter has two body parts instead of one). People often ask what butterflies and other insects do when it rains. The answer is not all that surprising: they either take shelter or get wet.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Halictus sp. (sweat bees, males)
photo by Val Bugh


Fissicrambus quadrinotellus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Idaea obfusaria (rippled wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Costaconvexa centrostrigaria (bent-line carpet)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (barklouse)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Micromus sp. (brown lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Styloxus fulleri (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichrooscytus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Phytocoris sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (midge)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mosquito, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Ctenolipisma longicaudata (gray silverfish)
photo by Val Bugh


Otala lactea (garden snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (polydesmid millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (julid millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Dalquestia formosa (harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Xysticus sp. (crab spider eating longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Polygyra sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare), a crustacean
    Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)
    Cylindrical Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida
    Flat-backed Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Polydesmida

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Elaphria chalcedonia  Chalcedony Midget
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Idaea obfusaria  Rippled Wave
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
      crambidae  Fissicrambus quadrinotellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Long-horned Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Engytatus modestus  Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug

    hymenoptera  halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Micromus sp.  Brown Lacewing

    psocoptera  psocidae  Unknown sp.  Barklouse

    thysanura  lepismatidae  Ctenolipisma longicaudata  Gray Silverfish

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider

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