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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and partly cloudy as six volunteers undertook this week's survey. Carpenterworm moths are unusual because their caterpillars are wood-borers, sometimes taking more than a year to mature. The tattered adult moth shown below is a type that has not yet been formally described so it is only placed to genus, without a specific name.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Danaus plexippus (monarch larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema proterpia (tailed orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Nastra julia (Julia's skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Achyra bifidalis (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Pyrausta tyralis (coffee-loving pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Parachma ochracealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Inguromorpha n. sp. (carpenterworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ogdoconta tacna (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta peralbata (white wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Ecdytolopha mana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ancylis cordiae (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eburia mutica (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Flatormenis sp. (flatid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Proxys punctulatus (black stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis & Orthemis ferruginea (neon & roseate skimmers)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Thiodina puerpera (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), female with young

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (pupa & larva)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Pero meskaria  Moth
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta tyralis  Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Achyra bifidalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Epiblema abruptana  Leafroller Moth
        Ancylis cordiae  Leafroller Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Friseria acaciella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (pupa)
      cossidae  Inguromorpha n. sp.  Carpenterworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Eburia mutica  Longhorn Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Pseudopachybrachius basalis  Seed Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
        Flatormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex texanus  Digger Wasp
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  bombyliidae  Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
      gryllidae  Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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