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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A few clouds helped hold the temperature down as our four participants completed this week's survey. We usually see Texas Spiny Lizards climbing on trees or resting on rock walls. When it is time for a female to lay eggs, though, she must excavate a nest hole in the ground. The lizard pictured below was so busy digging in the picnic area located by the visitor parking that she did not even notice the approach of footsteps. When she did finally hear a noise, the lizard dashed to safety up a nearby oak.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard digging nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus viridipes (jumping spider, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Achaeareanea sp. (cobweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Pardosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Burtinus notatipennis (broad-headed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (shore bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes sp. (paper wasp cleaning its head)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes nigromarginatus (black-margined shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Marathyssa inficita (dark marathyssa, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Panopoda carneicosta (brown panopoda, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pareuchaetes insulata (yellow-winged pareuchaetes, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia atrofasciata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes integra (eggplant leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch)
photo by Val Bugh


Eantis tamenund (sickle-winged skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula luctuosa (widow skimmer, male)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx seripennis)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Misc.:
    Velvet Mites (Unknown sp.)
    Spider Mites (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Eantis tamenund  Sickle-winged Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
        Panopoda carneicosta  Brown Panopoda (larva)
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      crambidae  Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Phycitodes mucidella  Moth
        Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
      tortricidae  Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
        Burtinus notatipennis  Broad-headed Bug
      saldidae  Unknown sp.  Shore Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Illinigina illinoiensis  Leafhopper
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Anthophora californica  Digger Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes apachus  Apache Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes sp.  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Monobia quadridens  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp

    diptera  asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tabanidae  Tabanus atratus  Black Horse Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket

    araneae  salticidae  Habronattus viridipes  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      theridiidae  Achaearanea sp.  Cobweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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