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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four volunteers completed this week's survey during the arrival of a cold front. Cloudy skies and strong winds made the falling temperature feel even colder than it actually was. Sawfly larvae can look very similar to caterpillars, as illustrated below. They are not closely related, though; caterpillars turn into butterflies or moths while sawflies are in the same order as wasps and bees.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher)
photo by Val Bugh


Nematocampa resistaria (horned spanworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips georgiana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips semiferana (oak leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Bactra verutana (javelin moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Epiblema desertana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Antaeotricha humilis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tampa dimediatella (Tampa moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (common sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Gymnoclytia sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecidea major (grass stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Deraeocoris sayi (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Penthimia americana (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


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

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Banded Slug (Lehmannia valentiana)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm (larva)
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (adult & larva)
        Cisthene unifascia  Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
      geometridae  Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Eustixia pupula  Spotted Peppergrass Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
        Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
      tortricidae  Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer
        Epiblema desertana  Leafroller Moth
        Bactra vertana  Javelin Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
        Sternidius mimeticus  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle
      curculionidae  Conotrachelus nenuphar  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Unknown sp.  Coreid Bug (eggs)
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Deraeocoris sayi  Plant Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora sp.  Seed Bug
      nabidae  Nabis alternatus  Damsel Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Menecles portacrus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Penthimia americana  Leafhopper
        Unknown sp.  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Stenodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus annulatus  Mason Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Gymnoclytia sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
        Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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