previousindexnext    
  ABC > Home > THE FAUNA PROJECT > Survey March 24, 2011


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning began cool but quickly heated up under sunny skies. One dozen people conducted this week's survey. Although the sunshine brought out plenty of butterflies, the highlight this time was a Luna Moth resting in the archway between the Administration Offices and Library. The Green Anole was seen scurrying across the path near the entry to the Administration and Research Buildings. Once it was safely up in a tree, it felt compelled to advertise its territorial claim!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, just hatched)
photo by Val Bugh


Everes comyntas (eastern tailed-blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa dimiata (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp, with another wasp too tiny to identify)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillars on bluebonnet)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin larva on redbud)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth larva on gum bumelia)
photo by Val Bugh


Paracantha sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted ladybird)
photo by Val Bugh


Languria sp. (lizard beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Lopidea major (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Gluphisia septentrionis (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (torymid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Cyrtolobus sp. (treehopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh


Actias luna (luna moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Mites (family Erythraeidae)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & eggs)
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (adult & larva)
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Everes comyntas  Eastern Tailed-blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Metria amella  Live Oak Metria
      arctiidae  Cisthene angelus  Lichen Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      saturniidae  Actias luna  Luna Moth
      notodontidae  Gluphisia septentrionis  Prominent
      geometridae  Euchlaena sp.  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (adult & larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Euzophera semifuneralis  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (adult & larva)
      yponomeutidae  Argyresthia alternatella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      tortricidae  Pammene medioalbana  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird (adult & larva)
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
      languriidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      curculionidae  Rhinocyllus conicus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Sixeonotus sp.  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Banasa dimiata  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Brochymena sp.  Predatory Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Prairiana orizaba  Leafhopper
        Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Unknown sp.  Planthopper
      membracidae  Cyrtolobus sp.  Treehopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Unknown sp.  Planthopper (nymph)
      coccidae  Parthenolecanium sp.  Scale

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Torymid Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Unknown sp.  Ant
      apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Parachantha sp.  Fruit Fly
      chloropidae  Unknown sp.  Frit Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
        Unknown sp.  Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (adult & nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Pelegrina pervaga  Jumping Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider

previousindexnext    
  ABC > Home > THE FAUNA PROJECT > Survey March 24, 2011