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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was cool and cloudy, then turning sunny, as eight volunteers participated in this week's survey. While some silverfish are generally regarded as household pests, there are other members of the order with different lifestyles. The tiny silverfish shown below can be found under rocks and logs, sometimes living within fire ant colonies!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchlaena marginaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ellabella editha (tropical fruitworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia titea (halfwing, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Marathyssa basalis (light marathyssa)
photo by Val Bugh


Pero meskaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cerathosia tricolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cucullia laetifica (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Charadra dispulsa (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Copaeodes aurantiaca (orange skipperling)
photo by Val Bugh


Thessalia theona (theona checkerspot larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Neivamyrmex sp. (legionary ant, male "sausage fly")
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Osmia subfasciata (mason bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ground beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Grassiella sp. (silverfish)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus fallax (jumping spider)
photo by Ian Wright

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
      noctuidae  Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Maliattha concinnimacula  Red-spotted Lithocodia
        Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Catabena lineolata  Fine-lined Sallow
        Cucullia laetifica  Moth
        Morrisonia mucens  Gray Woodgrain
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Protorthodes orobia  Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Acronicta tota  Dagger
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Marathyssa basalis  Light Marathyssa
        Spodoptera albula  Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (adult & larva)
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      notodontidae  Schizura sp.  Prominent
      geometridae  Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Eupithecia bolterii  Pug
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Euchlaena marginaria  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth
        Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Spintherophyta globosa  Leaf Beetle
        Xanthonia sp. 4  Leaf Beetle
        Smaragdina militaris  Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
      bruchidae  Stator vachelliae  Seed Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus subcinctus  Metallic Woodborer
      cleridae  Phyllobaenus humeralis  Checkered Beetle
      melyridae  Melyrodes basalis  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
        Attalus scincetus  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      scraptiidae  Allopoda sp.  False Flower Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle (larva)
      tenebrionidae  Blapstinus fortis  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Hypera postica  Weevil
        Orchestes mixtus  Weevil
        Anthonomus faber  Weevil

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Sinea sp.  Spined Assassin Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Plant Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
        Osmia subfasciata  Mason Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
        Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male alate)

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.s  Frit Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    thysanura  nicoletiidae  Grassiella sp.  Silverfish

    araneae  salticidae  Habronattus fallax  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      philodromidae  Tibellus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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