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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of five participated in this week's survey. The weather was cool and mostly cloudy. Butterflies that fly during relatively low temperatures are elegantly adapted to maximize heat retention around their flight muscles. Notice how hairy the bodies are on the basking butterflies shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stiria intermixta (moth larva)
photo by Dan Zinn


Harrisina sp. (grapeleaf skeletonizer)
photo by Val Bugh


Euclea incisa (spiny oak slug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta volupialis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Prepops sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Hamana manifesta (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Microcentrus caryae (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Paratettix mexicanus (pygmy grasshopper, color variations)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloptilum sp. (scaly cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Reticulitermes sp. (subterranean termite, alate nymph & worker)
photo by Val Bugh


Haplorhynchites sp. (flower weevils mating, with interloper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper eating damsel bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Aniulus sp. (millipedes mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Vermivora celata (orange-crowned warbler)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

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

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Velvet Mite (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Agrotis venerabilis  Venerable Dart
        Stiria intermixta  Moth (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Spiny Oak Slug (larva)
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
        Harrisina sp.  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus nigriclavus  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      nabidae  Hoplistoscelis sp.  Damsel Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Menecles insertus  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Hamana manifesta  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      membracidae  Microcentrus caryae  Treehopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (adult & nymph)
        Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    isoptera  rhinotermitidae  Reticulitermes sp.  Subterranean Termite (adult & nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Habronattus fallax  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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