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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A cool, cloudy morning became windy and sunny as five participants completed this week's survey. As shown below, the red growths caused by a gall midge look like berries on Ashe Juniper branches. The contrasting color of these galls makes them easy to see, even though they are not terribly numerous. Each one contains a single bright orange larva.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Ceratina cobaltina (small carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Callibaetis sp. (small minnow mayfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Walshomyia sabinae (juniper gall containing gall midge larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug with tachinid fly eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Homaemus proteus (shield bug)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Pycnoscelus surinamensis (Surinam roach)
photo by Val Bugh


Melipotis indomita (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera ornithogalli (yellow-striped armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrotis ipsilon (ipsilon dart)
photo by Val Bugh


Tornos scolopacinaria (dimorphic gray, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Tornos scolopacinaria (dimorphic gray, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptostales pannaria (moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia semilugens (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Urola nivalis (snowy urola)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (geometrid moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Turdus migratorius (American robin)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandiera), adult & tadpole

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Agrotis ipsilon  Ipsilon Dart
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Leptostales pannaria  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Epinotia celtisana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Ceratina cobaltina  Small Carpenter Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly (eggs)
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge (larva)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    blattodea  blaberidae  Pycnoscelus surinamensis  Surinam Roach

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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