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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had warm and cloudy conditions as three participants completed this week's survey. Some butterflies have seasonally variable coloration. During the spring and summer, the Southern Dogface is a bright solid yellow, while in the autumn many individuals have lovely pink highlights, as shown in the photo below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Zerene cesonia (southern dogface)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Atteva aurea (ailanthus webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dicymolomia julianalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ommatospila narcaeusalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Unknown sp. (inchworm, or geometrid moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (inchworm, or geometrid moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flower fly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum tamaulipanum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Helophilus sp. (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (dance fly, with inchworm)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Unknown sp. (bethylid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Stelis sp. (parasitic leafcutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes smithii (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Liburniella ornata (delphacid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Oligonicella scudderi (Scudder's mantis, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper, female
eating a male of the same species)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx hatchlings - they aren't very green yet!)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Leptotes cassius  Cassius Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Agrotis venerabilis  Venerable Dart
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Leucania adjuta  Adjutant Wainscot
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      saturniidae  Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Rindgea disparcata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Pero meskaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Ommatospila narcaeusalis  Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      tortricidae  Aethes sp.  Aethes Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica septempunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Tylospilus acutissimus  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      delphacidae  Liburniella ornata  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Stelis sp.  Parasitic Leafcutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Parancistrocerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
      bethylidae  Unknown sp.  Bethylid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (larva)
        Helophilus sp.  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      muscidae  Musca domestica  House Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito
        Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

    mantodea  thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis
      mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider

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