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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a comfortably cool and very cloudy day as five volunteers participated in this week's survey. Although insects have six legs, butterflies in the family Nymphalidae appear to have only four; the first pair of legs are actually tucked up against the body while the second and third pairs support the insect. Compare the three butterflies shown below, only two of which stand on all six legs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


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


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylaeus sp. (yellow-faced bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Hermetia chrysopila (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ocyptamus fascipennis (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Apiomerus spissipes (bee assassin)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Euschistus sp. (stink bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh moth eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Satyrium favonius (oak hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria zygotaria (emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypoprepia miniata (scarlet-winged lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia volupia (painted flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cyclophora nanaria (dwarf tawny wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Aetole bella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Parachma ochracealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion eating a cricket)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Egret (Ardea alba)
    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)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

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

  • Misc.:
    Banded Slug (Lehmannia valentiana)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Schinia volupia  Painted Flower Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva & eggs)
        Cisthene barnesii  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (adult & larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Unknown sp.  Plume Moth (larva)
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
        Psyllobora renifer  Ladybird Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Brachypnoea lecontei  Leaf Beetle
        Diabrotica undcimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Smilia camelus  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Anthophora capistrata  Digger Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      colletidae  Hylaeus sp.  Yellow-faced Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
        Monobia quadridens  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus annulatus  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Pachodynerus nasidens  Keyhole Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia chrysopila  Soldier Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.  Frit Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher (exuviae)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver

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