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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and partly cloudy as our party of three conducted this week's survey. The Camouflaged Looper shown below is the larva of the Southern Emerald, a beautiful green geometrid moth. The caterpillars are especially entertaining as they decorate themselves with bits of their food plant, usually the flowers. The one shown below has used red salvia blossoms, which don't help disguise it very much if it is on a green leaf. When the caterpillar molts, it also loses its ornamentation and must then reapply new bits.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerema accius (clouded skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Adaina ambrosiae (ambrosia plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Mythimna unipuncta (armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Glaphyria sequistrialis (white-roped glaphyria)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta pseuderosnealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scythris trivinctella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus sp. (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (camouflaged looper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (inchworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Polygyra septemvolva (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Arphia simplex (plains yellow-winged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chinavia hilare (green stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Bicyrtes capnoptera (sand wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Cylindromyia sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dioprosopa clavata (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper, finishing off a eufala skipper caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia inclemens (dimorphic jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Polygyra septemvolva)
    Spider Mite (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia delectata  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  white-roped Glaphyria
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Chararica hystriculella  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird beetle (larva)
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      hydrometridae  Hydrometra sp.  Marsh Treader
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Anthophora californica  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes capnoptera  Sand Wasp
      chalcididae  Unknown sp.  Chalcid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon (cocoon)

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

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

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Maevia inclemens  Dimorphic Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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