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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was chilly and sunny as seven participants conducted this week's survey. The cold kept insect sightings to a minimum, even though the sun brought out a few butterflies and moths. The numerous grasshoppers we saw last week were completely absent this time. The springtail pictured below was one of several found in a bitterweed flower. These 1 mm long arthropods are no longer classified as insects, but are now placed in their own class: collembola.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia pallidata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Meganola minuscula (confused meganola)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Cynomya cadaverina (bluebottle fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupeodes volucris (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceratina sp. (small carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green lacewing, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Entomobrya multifasciata (slender springtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Procyon lotor (northern raccoon tracks)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyna sp. (meshweb weavers, male & female)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper, immature)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryothorus bewickii)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), scat
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), scat & tracks
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), tracks
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Caripeta triangulata  Moth
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Ermine Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Penthimia americana  Leafhopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis sp.  Fire Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      sciaridae  Unknown sp.  Dark-winged Fungus Gnat
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      unknown  Unknown sp.  Spider Egg Sac

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