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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our party of ten enjoyed cool, breezy and sunny weather during this week's survey. One of our spring specialty butterflies is the Falcate Orangetip. It is white with a touch of orange (males only) and is usually very difficult to approach. The individual pictured below, however, unfortunately took a dip in one of the ponds. This is not recommended for butterflies, but we pulled it out and were able to get a good look at it while it dried off. Look for other "spring only" moths and butterflies now, such as the Eight-spotted Forester, Grapevine Epimenis and Henry's Elfin.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Philodromus sp. (running crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa dubia (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (common sawfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (midge, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Neodeceia sp. (lauxaniid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ozodiceromyia sp. (stiletto fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthocharis midea (falcate orangetip)
photo by Val Bugh


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelochrista scintillana (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Lactura sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Psychomorpha epimenis (grapevine epimenis larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Peridroma saucia (variegated cutworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca damnifica (mischievous bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryothorus bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), on nest
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlanieri), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Slender Springtail (Entomobrya multifasciata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur (adult & egg)
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm (larva)
        Hypena scabras  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Elaphria alapallida  Pale-winged Midget
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
        Peridea angulosa  Angled Prominent
      geometridae  Digrammia californiaria  California Granite
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm (larva)
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (adult & egg)
      crambidae  Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Pelochrista scintillana  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (adult & larva)
      unknown  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      buprestidae  Ptosima laeta  Redbud Borer
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      attelabidae  Homoeolabus analis  Oak Leaf Roller

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug (nymph)
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      andrenidae  Andrena sp.  Mining Bee
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly
      formicidae  Pseudomyrmex pallidus  Golden Twig Ant
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Unknown sp.  Fruit Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & larva)

    araneae  dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver (adult & hatchlings)
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider

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