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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning started out misty and cool as 12 people participated in this week's survey. Ground-dwelling insects and spiders topped the list at first, but clearing skies brought out plenty of butterflies and other insects looking for nectar. Orthopterans proved to be particularly colorful this time, including a pink Northern Green-striped Grasshopper and an orange Aztec Bandwing. Although there are a lot of caterpillars called "armyworms," only one, the Armyworm, has that official moniker.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Myrmeleon sp. (antlion larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus texanus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibellus sp. (running crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypera sp. (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Mythimna unipuncta (armyworm)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Blastobasis sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cissusa sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euacidalia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Argyresthia alternatella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Caloptilia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp cocoons)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Jadera haematoloma (red-shouldered bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arphia sp. (band-winged grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Flycatcher (Unknown sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Titmouse (Baeolophus sp.)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog tadpoles (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Globular Springtail (order Symphypleona)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis sp.  Duskywing
        Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Cissusa sp.  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Caripeta triangulata  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Argyresthia alternatella  Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella melanoclista  Tropical Fruitworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Euphoria inda  Hairy Flower Scarab
      curculionidae  Hypera sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Triatoma sp.  Kissing Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  braconid wasp (cocoons)
      apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia sp.  Mason Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower fly
      tephritidae  Eutreta sp.  Fruit Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback (nymph)
        Pediodectes sp.  Shieldback (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)

    araneae  lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Oxyopes acleistus  Lynx Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Tibellus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      salticidae  Habronattus texanus  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper

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