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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

For the first time this year, the weather for our survey was almost warm, although it was heavily overcast with occasional drizzle. Six volunteers participated. Midges are a large group of very small flies (often only a few millimeters long) that are an important component of the food web. Most species have clear wings and are difficult to identify beyond family, but a few have dark markings; two are shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Alypia octomaculata (eight-spotted forester)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale edusina (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizura unicornis (unicorn caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isturgia dislocaria (pale-veined isturgia)
photo by Val Bugh


Iridopsis gemella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia bolterii (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Goditha bumeliana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia zelleriella (Zeller's ethmia)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug - the
red spot is the scent gland opening)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flat bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Ablabesmyia sp. & Tanypus sp. (midges)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly on spiderwort)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Polistes bellicosus (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp with nest & egg)
photo by Val Bugh


Aniulus sp. (julid millipedes mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Philodromus sp. (running crab spider with molted skin)
photo by Val Bugh


Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), large tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered Skipper
      noctuidae  Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Zale edusina  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Eupithecia bolterii  Moth
        Eupithecia longidens  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Iridopsis gemella  Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Diastictis ventralis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Honora mellinella  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm (larva)
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)

    coleoptera  scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      aradidae  Unknown sp.  Flat Bug (nymph)
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      eupelmidae  Metapelma sp.  Wasp

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Tanypus sp.  Midge
        Ablabesmyia sp.  Midge
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Unknown sp.  Skimmer (exuviae)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly (nymph & adult)

    araneae  lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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