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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of five volunteers completed this week's survey under cold and cloudy conditions. The sun appeared only at the very end, hence a butterfly sighting. Wasp larvae are not much to look at and, in fact, are rarely seen. They almost always develop within a nest or a host insect. The larva shown below was accidentally dug up from a pile of soil where it had lived in a burrow dug by its mother and fed on a paralyzed insect or spider.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Polistes carolina (red wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (wasp larva, head is at left)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flesh fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupeodes volucris (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Walshomyia sabinae (gall midge larva in gall)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia titea (the halfwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia bolterii (pug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Otala lactea (garden snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombycilla cedrorum (lots of cedar waxwings!)
photo by Val Bugh


Melospiza lincolnii (Lincoln's sparrow)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      noctuidae  Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
      geometridae  Eupithecia bolterii  Pug Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Eutettix sp.  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Wasp (larva)

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      syrphidae  Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    araneae  gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider

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