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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven people participated in this week's survey, under sunny, warm conditions. Caterpillars are still a dominant segment of the fauna, especially the Eight-spotted Forester (shown below), which is currently feeding on Grape, Virginia creeper and Peppervine. The Redstripe Ribbon Snake commonly encountered in the Gardens is a handsome local variety of a very widely distributed reptile with several regional subspecies. Only individuals found in central Texas have the distinctive dark red stripe.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebe fledgling)
photo by Val Bugh


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Hippodamia convergens (convergent ladybird)
photo by Val Bugh


Gargaphia solani (lace bugs, adults & nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (dung fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Gasteruption sp. (gasteruptiid wasp, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Ancistrocerus sp. (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Cerceris sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (common sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Alypia octomaculata (eight-spotted forester larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phosphila miselioides (spotted phosphila)
photo by Val Bugh


Platyptilia carduidactylus (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus mortipennella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lacinipolia laudabilis (laudable arches)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale lunata (lunate zale)
photo by Val Bugh


Cirrhophanus pretiosa (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), nest with fledglings
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), on nest
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral (adult & larva)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Pontia protodice  Checkered White
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm (adult & larva)
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Tripudia luxuriosa  Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Cirrhophanus pretiosa  Moth
        Bleptina caradrinalis  Bent-wing Owlet
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
        Elaphria alapallida  Pale-winged Midget
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (adult & larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
        Melipotis acontioides  Moth
        Euxoa auxiliaris  Moth
        Protorthodes orobia  Moth
        Eubolina impartialis  Moth
        Agrotis malefida  Rascal Dart
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      geometridae  Digrammia californiaria  California Granite
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia colorata  Moth
        Digrammia delectata  Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia (larva)
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (larva)
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      pterophoridae  Platyptilia carduidactylus  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
      melyridae  Attalus rufiventris  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird (adult & larva)
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
        Rhopalophora sp.  Long-horned Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      carabidae  Lebia viridis  Ground Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Anthaxia viridifrons  Metallic Woodborer
      attelabidae  Homoeolabus analis  Oak Leaf Roller
      curculionidae  Epicaerus sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil
        Hypera postica  Weevil

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Tropidosteptes quercicola  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      coreidae  Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug (nymph)
      tingidae  Gargaphia solani  Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Menecles portacrus  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Unknown sp.  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Telemona sp.  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      colletidae  Hylaeus sp.  Yellow-faced Bee
      andrenidae  Andrena sp.  Mining Bee
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Ancistrocerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      crabronidae  Cerceris sp.  Wasp
      gasteruptiidae  Gasteruption sp.  Gasteruptiid Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes sinuosa  Bee Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Nausigaster sp.  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      scathophagidae  Unknown sp.  Dung Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
        Odontomyia sp.  Soldier Fly
        Merosargus sp.  Soldier Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated 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  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper

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