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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five participants enjoyed a relatively cool, sunny morning during this survey. The recent drop in temperature seems to have been a signal for autumn species; we saw several moths that are seasonal, including the Corn Earworm, the Fall Armyworm, and the lovely Imperial. Although we thought the darkling beetle shown below was eating a piece of chewed gum, upon closer examination it appears instead to be a healthier snack of dried strawberry.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Libellula pulchella (twelve-spotted skimmer)
photo by Val Bugh


Dianthidium sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Cerceris sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Pepsis sp. (spider wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Archytas sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Eristalis sp. (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hedriodiscus sp. (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus zonatus (leaf-footed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle eating dried strawberry)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth, 3 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (pyralid moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia atrofasciata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Helicoverpa zea (corn earworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eacles imperialis (imperial moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), tracks

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      noctuidae  Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
      saturniidae  Eacles imperialis  Imperial Moth
      crambidae  Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Unknown sp.  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex pensylvanica  Great Black Wasp
        Sphex dorsalis  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Cerceris sp.  Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hedriodiscus sp.  Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pantala flavescens  Wandering Glider
        Libellula pulchella  Twelve-spotted Skimmer
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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