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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a cool and cloudy morning as four volunteers completed this week's survey. With large flocks of Cedar Waxwings showing up (see below), it is not too surprising that we happened to find a dead one. Although unfortunate for the individual involved, it gave us an opportunity to view the namesake "wax" on the wings up close. The red feather tips seem rather like plastic in my more contemporary view, but thankfully the birds were named before that substance was invented.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird beetle larva eating aphid)
photo by Val Bugh


Neomyia cornicina (muscid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochroa ligata (conchuela - a kind of stink bug - eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea ambulator (walking thread-legged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthocharis midea (falcate orangetip, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Thessalia theona (theona checkerspot pupa, with shed larval skin at base)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Psychomorpha epimenis (grapevine epimenis larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar devouring bluebonnet flowers)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus mortipennella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euerythra phasma (red-tailed specter)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis phloxiphagus (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hydropsyche sp. (netspinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Agulla bicolor (snakefly, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Philodromus sp. (running crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombycilla cedrorum (lots of cedar waxwings)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Bombycilla cedrorum (cedar waxwing secondaries up close)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    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)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva & pupa)
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot (larva & pupa)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      papilionidae  Papilio sp.  Swallowtail (eggs)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Dargida diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm Moth
        Protorthodes orobia  Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Catabena lineolata  Fine-lined Sallow
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Morrisonia confusa  Confused Woodgrain
        Elaphria festivoides  Festive Midget
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Heliothis phloxiphagus  Moth
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Virbia aurantiaca  Moth
        Euerythra phasma  Red-tailed Specter
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (adult & eggs)
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth (adult & pupa)
      pterophoridae  Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (adult & larva)
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (pupa)
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      bruchidae  Algarobius bottimeri  Seed Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria laeta  Lizard Beetle
      cerambycidae  Unknown sp.  Long-horned Beetle
      curculionidae  Hypera postica  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Liorhyssus hyalinus  Hyaline Grass Bug
        Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      nabidae  Nabis alternatus  Damsel Bug
      scutelleridae  Unknown sp.  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & eggs)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      coccidae  Mesolecanium nigrofasciatum  Terrapin Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      cynipidae  Amphibolips quercusinanis  Oak Apple Gall (larva)
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon
        Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      muscidae  Helina sp.  Fly
        Neomyia cornicina  Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      ceratopogonidae  Culicoides sp.  Biting Midge
      sciaridae  Unknown sp.  Dark-winged Fungus Gnat

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider

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