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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was cool and partly sunny as our May Day survey was completed by three volunteers. The forked orange projection giving the caterpillar below a "longhorn look" is called an osmeterium. All swallowtail larvae possess this organ, which is normally hidden. It emits a pungent odor and is everted when the insect feels threatened.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Elasmia sp. (prominent, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Phaeostrymon alcestis (soapberry hairstreak, pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus mortipennella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips argyrospila (fruit tree leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria bifilata (white-barred emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Rindgea cyda (mesquite looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Lygaeus kalmii (small milkweed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Trigonorhinus limbatus (fungus weevils mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Hippodamia convergens (convergent ladybird beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Odontoloxozus longicornis (cactus fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa parkinsoniae (large carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Trimerotropis pallidipennis (pallid-winged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating dance fly)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Hentzia palmarum (long-jawed jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Millipede (Eurymerodesmus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Phaeostrymon alcestis  Soapberry Hairstreak (pupa)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird-dropping Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
      geometridae  Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Brachypnoea lecontei  Leaf Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird (adult & larva)
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera neglecta  Metallic Woodborer
      cleridae  Phyllobaenus discoideus  Checkered Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena trifasciata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  tachinidae  Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly (larva)
      empididae  Empis clausa  Dance Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      neriidae  Odontoloxozus longicornis  Cactus Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Paraidemona mimica  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      corinnidae  Trachelas sp.  Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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