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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A cold, foggy morning gave way to sunny skies as three participants completed this week's survey. Tree crickets are often found around flowers and low-growing shrubs, where their green color provides excellent camouflage. The males vibrate their large front wings (see image below), producing a trilling call to attract females. Although easily heard, determining the exact location of a singing male is tricky because the wings focus the sound away from the source; an advantage when deceiving predators.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Zonotrichia leucophrys (white-crowned sparrow)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Vermivora celata (orange-crowned warbler, bathing)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Lithophane lemmeri (pinion)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera exigua (beet armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalorrhipida leucodactylus (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper, too cold to fly!)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa virginiensis (American lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon istapa (mallow scrub-hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptotes marina (marine blue, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca americana (American bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus argentinus (prairie tree cricket, male singing)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating black flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
        Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Lithophane lemmeri  Pinion
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      geometridae  Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Leptostales pannaria  Moth
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla  Plume Moth
        Megalorrhipida leucodactylus  Plume Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Dichomeris simpliciella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
      scathophagidae  Unknown sp.  Dung Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      gryllidae  Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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