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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

After a light freeze the previous night, temperatures remained cool under sunny skies as three volunteers participated in this week's survey. Galls on plant leaves and stems can be caused by a variety of organisms, including wasps, flies, mites and even fungi. Several types of galls found on Hackberry are home to psyllids (see below), tiny insects related to aphids.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Sereda tautana (speckled sereda moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Costaconvexa centrostrigaria (bent-line carpet)
photo by Val Bugh


Reticulitermes sp. (subterranean termites)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachypsylla sp. (hackberry psyllid)
photo by Val Bugh


Hamataliwa grisea (gray lynx)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail baby in nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Melospiza melodia (song sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Sereda tautana  Speckled Sereda Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella melanoclista  Tropical Fruitworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle

    homoptera  aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      psyllidae  Pachypsylla sp.  Hackberry Psyllid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito (larva)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    isoptera  rhinotermitidae  Reticulitermes sp.  Subterranean Termites

    araneae  oxyopidae  Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx

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