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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning began with light rain giving way to warm and cloudy weather as six participants completed this week's survey. The cardinal jumper shown below has an especially wrinkled abdomen. This is because it is a female who has recently laid her eggs. Prior to that, she was undoubtedly quite rotund.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


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


Anasaitis canosa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Metacyrba taeniola (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecobius sp. (wall spider)
photo by Dan Zinn


Unknown sp. (orbweaver web with water droplets)
photo by Val Bugh


Phileurus valgus (scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Actias luna (luna moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Elasmia sp. (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Metria amella (live oak metria larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Platyptilia cardiudactylus (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria bifilata (white-barred emerald)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Neonemobius mormonius (Mormon ground cricket)
photo by Dan Zinn


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper nymph with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Megaphasma denticrus (giant walkingstick nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spittlebug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Osmia ribifloris (mason bee)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Amphibians:
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Banded Slug (Lehmannia valentiana)
    Slug (Limax flavus)
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
        Spragueia jaguaralis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet
        Metria amella  Live Oak Metria (larva)
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
        Actias luna  Luna Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Phigalia titea  Halfwing (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Pseudogalleria inimicella  Inimical Borer Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      pterophoridae  Platyptilia carduidactylus  Plume Moth
        Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Derospidea brevicollis  Leaf Beetle (larva)
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Phileurus valgus  Scarab
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      cerambycidae  Mecas cineracea  Longhorn Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      bostrichidae  Melalgus plicatus  Powder-post Beetle
      curculionidae  Smicronyx quadrifer  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Pendarus sp.  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ophiderma sp.  Treehopper
        Unknown sp.  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      coccidae  Pulvinaria sp.  Cottony Scale
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      mutillidae  Unknown sp.  Velvet Ant
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Nausigaster texana  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Belvosia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
        Odontomyia sp.  Soldier Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
        Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick (nymph)

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theridiidae  Theridion sp.  Cobweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Metacyrba taeniola  Jumping Spider

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