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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight participants conducted this week's survey under overcast skies with mild temperatures and a bit of occasional drizzle. The spring moths are out in force and we saw a good number resting on the walls near lights. Note how similar the Woolly Gray and the Halfwing look! We saw several of both these species. The Kissing Bug nymph was observed in the archway between the Library and the Administration Offices. This is a very interesting insect; for more information, just Google "Triatoma."

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Aon noctuiformis (moth ~ yes, they always rest in this position)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoberia atomaris (common oak moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Xystopeplus rufago (red-winged sallow ~ yes, they always rest in this position)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia titea (halfwing, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycia ypsilon (woolly gray, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (southern emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Endothenia hebesana (dull-barred endothenia)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (netspinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cuerna costalis (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Cyclosa turbinata (trashline orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (walkingstick, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Euphoria inda (hairy flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllophaga sp. (June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (root maggot fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabdotus sp. (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ant, queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Triatoma sp. (kissing bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Titmouse (Baeolophus sp.)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Mesodon sp.)
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Xystopeplus rufago  Red-winged Sallow
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Diacme elealis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
      tortricidae  Endothenia hebesana  Dull-barred Endothenia
        Pseudexentera sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Euphoria inda  Hairy Flower Scarab

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Triatoma sp.  Kissing Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus plejebus  Plebeian Grasshopper

    phasmatodea  heteronemiidae  Unknown sp.  Walkingstick (nymph)

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Unknown sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      corinnidae  Trachelus sp.  Spider
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      salticidae  Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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