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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eight completed this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. The White-striped Longtail shown below is engaged in a surprising and, from a human perspective, rather disgusting activity: it is drinking its own pee. Butterflies need minerals they do not get from nectar; wetting a dried bird dropping dissolves salts and other nutrients so they can be sucked up through the proboscis.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pyrausta augustalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca sexta (Carolina sphinx)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eumarozia malachitana (sculptured moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon istapa (mallow scrub-hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary egg on passionflower tendril)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus sp. (assassin bug eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceroplastes sp. & Icerya purchasi (wax scale & cottony cushion scale)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca obscura (obscure bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall midge)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Strategus aloeus (ox beetle, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Texania fulleri (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Telebasis salva (desert firetail)
photo by Val Bugh


Hetaerina americana (American rubyspot)
photo by Val Bugh


Sarinda hentzi (antmimic jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Marpissa obtusa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & egg)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (pupa)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Hypenula cacuminalis  Long-horned Owlet
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta augustalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Neohelvibotys polingi  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Hellinsia inquinatus  Plume Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      psychidae  Oiketicus abbotii  Bagworm (pupa)
      cosmopterigidae  Triclonella bicoloripennis  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      buprestidae  Texania fulleri  Metallic Woodborer
      elateridae  Aeolus sp.  Click Beetle
        Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Strongylium tenuicolle  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
        Strategus aloeus  Ox Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        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  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
        Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
        Osbornellus scalaris  Leafhopper
        Polyamia sp.  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      coccidae  Ceroplastes sp.  Wax Scale
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      calopterygidae  Hetaerina americana  American Rubyspot

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Dicromantispa sayi  Mantisfly
      myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Marpissa obtusa  Jumping Spider
        Sarinda hentzi  Antmimic Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Leucauge venusta  Orchard Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider

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