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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was cold and sunny for our first survey after a winter break that was very mild, with no hard freezes. We had five participants. The odd legs for which the brush-footed butterflies (nymphalidae) are named are not usually easily observed. The image of a red admiral shown below, though, gives a good view of these fuzzy appendages.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Dan Zinn


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Pimaphera percata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Encoptolophus costalis (dusky grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian lady beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Euborellia sp. (earwig)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (stone centipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizocosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Dan Zinn


Bubo virginianus (great horned owl)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Globular Springtail (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (eggs)
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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