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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This week's survey was completed by five participants under sunny and hot conditions. Several moths have an effective camouflage to avoid predators: they look like bird droppings. Two different species are illustrated below. These white, gray and brown insects tend to spend the daylight hours resting right out in the open, secure in their mimicry of something that no self-respecting predator would touch!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher, male)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Centris atripes (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Cesonia bilineata (two-striped ground spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympherobius sp. (brown lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylobiops basilaris (powder-post beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lema trabeata (leaf beetles)
photo by Val Bugh


Thyanta custator (stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Bruchomorpha sp. (piglet bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ogdoconta cinereola (common pinkband, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lipocosma polingi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchromius ocelleus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peoria tetradella (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Gypsonoma salicicolana (leaf-roller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Blastobasis sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia candefacta (olive-shaded bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache aprica (exposed bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nastra lherminier (swarthy skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (male queen nectaring on dead flowers!)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)

  • Misc.:
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Nastra lherminier  Swarthy Skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Melipotis acontioides  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband (larva)
      arctiidae  Cisthene sp.  Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Samea multiplicalis  Salvinia Stem-borer Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Alpheioides parvulalis  Moth
        Pococera sp.  Moth
        Phycitodes mucidella  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia membrosa  Leaf-roller Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Gypsonoma salicicolana  Leaf-roller Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      peleopodidae  Durrantia piperatella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird beetle (larva)
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Comb-clawed Beetle
      bostrichidae  Xylobiops basilaris  Powder-post Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Erythroneura vulnerata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid
      coccidae  Pulvinaria sp.  Cottony Scale
      caliscelidae  Bruchomorpha sp.  Piglet Bug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      mutillidae  Sphaerothama auripilis  Velvet Ant
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Torymid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis sp.  Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Sympherobius sp.  Brown Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      gnaphosidae  Cesonia bilineata  Two-striped Ground Spider
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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