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It was a dark and stormy morning as our group of five took a quick look around the Gardens in between downpours. The much needed rain was both a novelty and a delight, but it did mean that we saw fewer animals than usual. One exception was snails. The Globular Drop is a common land snail with a shell lip (edge) that can vary from thin to very thick. There is preliminary research that suggests the snail is able to sequester calcium for future use within this structure.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Eumenes sp. (potter wasp nest)
photo by Val Bugh

Zopherus haldemani (ironclad beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Helicina orbiculata (globular drop)
photo by Val Bugh

Anasaitis canosa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Tripudia quadrifera (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      oecophoridae  Inga sparsiciliella  Black-marked Inga

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      languriidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      zopheridae  Zopherus haldemani  Ironclad Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Eumenes sp.  Potter Wasp (nest)
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant (workers & alates)

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Leptomantispa pulchella  Mantisfly
      ascalaphidae  Unknown sp.  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider

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