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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Fog gave way to warm and partly sunny conditions as seven volunteers completed this week's survey. The Brazilian Skipper shown below is one of our largest skippers. Its caterpillars feed on Canna, often decimating some of the foliage and upsetting gardeners, thus earning the common names of Canna Leaf Rollers or the more derogative "Canna Worms."

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (dew-covered orbweaver web)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Pisaurina mira (nursery web spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichrooscytus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Epicauta pennsylvanica (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliopetes laviana (laviana white-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliopetes macaira (Turk's-cap white-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus eresimus (soldier)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydia latiferreana (filbertworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Atlides halesus (great purple hairstreak larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyprosopus callitrichoides (curve-lined owlet larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth larva)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Anticarsia gemmatalis (velvetbean caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha fasciatus (banded sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Slender Springtail (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra (adult & larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak (larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus oileus  Tropical Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (larva)
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper Moth
      erebidae  Phyprosopus callitrichoides  Curve-lined Owlet (larva)
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
        Cisthene unifascia  Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Eumorpha fasciatus  Banded Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Lychnosea intermicata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Pyrausta augustalis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Chilocorus cacti  Cactus Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Stenaspis verticalis  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
        Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      attelabidae  Homoeolabus analis  Oak Leaf Roller (larva)

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Keltonia tuckeri  Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
        Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius sp.  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      cynipidae  Callirhytis lanata  Woolly Oak Leaf Gall Wasp (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista azteca  Aztec Bandwing
        Hippiscus ocelote  Wrinkled Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (adult & nymph)
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    blattodea  polyphagidae  Arenivaga sp.  Sand Roach
      blattidae  Periplaneta americana  American Cockroach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Colonus sylvana  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      pisauridae  Pisaurina mira  Nursery Web Spider
      pholcidae  Crossopriza lyoni  Cellar Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabidanbsp; Rabid Wolf Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Eustala anastera  Orbweaver

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