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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Three volunteers completed this survey; conditions were cold and partly sunny. Flies that mimic wasps gain a slight survival advantage if their predators hesitate to tackle a stinging insect. A fly may have wasp-like colors (usually yellow and black), shape or other features that give the appropriate impression. In the case of the feather-legged fly shown below, the expanded back legs mimic the relatively larger such appendages on wasps, which characteristically hang down in flight.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Kricogonia lyside (lyside sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Anavitrinella atristrigaria (Gulf coast gray)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia strigataria (small phigalia, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia strigataria (small phigalia, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Sinoe chambersi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoberia atomaris (common oak moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Crambodes talidiformis (verbena moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Psaphida resumens (figure-eight sallow)
photo by Val Bugh


Adaina ambrosiae (ambrosia plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Augochloropsis metallica (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopoda plumipes (feather-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota insulata (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Hamataliwa grisea (gray lynx)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        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
        Kricogonia lyside  Lyside Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      geometridae  Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Eupithecia bolterii  Pug
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Sinoe chambersi  Moth
      thyrididae  Pseudothyris sepulchralis  Mournful Thyris

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda plumipes  Feather-legged Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (egg case)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  oxyopidae  Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx

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