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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Nine participants enjoyed an unseasonably warm sunny morning for this week's survey. The variety of moths was amazing. Because of the large number of species (about 2,000 have been recorded in the Hill Country), moth identifications are often challenging. Note the similarity between the Bent-line Carpet and The Gem (male) shown below. The felt-like cocoon made by the Puss Caterpillar, or Asp, has a lid at the top; it will flip open when the adult Flannel Moth emerges.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


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


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Anavitrinella atristrigaria (moth, unusual color variation)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthonama obstipata (the gem, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Costaconvexa centrostrigaria (bent-line carpet)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia colorata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isturgia dislocaria (pale-veined isturgia)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flannel moth cocoon)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia hagenella (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia semilugens (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Emmelina monodactyla (morning glory plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera exigua (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera ornithogalli (yellow-striped armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudexentera knudsoni (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Udea rubigalis (celery leaftier moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllophaga rubiginosa (June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (aphid, wingless and winged females)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryothorus bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), on nest
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Slender Springtail (Entomobrya multifasciata)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Copivaleria grotei  Grote's Sallow
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Elaphria alapallida  Pale-winged Midget
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia delectata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  California Granite
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia colorata  Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Phaeoura quernaria  Oak Beauty
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      lasiocampidae  Phyllodesma americana  Lappet Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
        Ellabella melanoclista  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
        Ellabella sp.  Tropical Fruitworm (larva)
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia hagenella  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      megalopygidae  Unknown sp.  Flannel Moth (cocoon)
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (adult & larva)
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle

    hemiptera  lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Penthimia americana  Leafhopper (nymph)
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      aleyrodidae  Tetraleurodes sp.  whitefly (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia sp.  Mason Bee
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      xyelidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly

    diptera  calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes americanus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver

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