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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a warm and sunny morning as seven volunteers conducted this week's survey. Most caterpillars feed on terrestrial plants, but the larvae of the Petrophila moth shown below are aquatic. They live on submerged rocks and eat algae!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Omophoita cyanipennis (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelonides quadrinotata (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Knulliana cincta (banded hickory borer)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoconocephalus triops (broad-tipped conehead)
photo by Val Bugh


Stiretrus anchorago (anchor stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Myodocha serripes (long-necked seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Condylostylus sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Periclista sp. (sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth hatchling - only 4 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Phaeoura quernaria (oak beauty larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Dicymolomia julianalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Petrophila jaliscalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Galasa nigrinodis (boxwood leaftier moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycomorpha pholus (black-and-yellow lichen moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer, female with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh


Deroceras laeve (marsh slug)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Marsh Slug (Deroceras laeve)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult, larva & pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird-dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Morrisonia mucens  Gray Woodgrain (adult & larva)
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Zale edusina  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene unifascia  Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Virbia sp.  Moth
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phaeoura quernaria  Oak Beauty (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Scopula limboundata  Large Lace-border
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      tortricidae  Epiblema desertana  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Strobisia iridipennella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Argyresthia sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Ataenius sp.  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
        Agonum punctiforme  Ground Beetle
      cerambycidae  Knulliana cincta  Banded Hickory Borer
      cantharidae  Rhagonycha lineola  Soldier Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria laeta  Lizard Beetle
      cleridae  Pelonides quadrinotata  Checkered Beetle
      trogidae  Trox sp.  Hide Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
        Neocapsus cuneatus  Plant Bug
        Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus  Plant Bug
        Keltonia tuckeri  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Prepops sp.  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hamatophylus guttulosus  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Stiretrus anchorago  Anchor Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Ponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
        Empoasca sp.  Leafhopper
        Osbornellus scalaris  Leafhopper
        Norvellina chenopodii  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Xantholobus sp.  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      argidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly
      tenthredinidae  Periclista sp.  Sawfly (larva)
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
        Anomalon sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      stratiomyidae  Psellidotus sp.  Soldier Fly
        Unknown sp.  Soldier Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.  Frit Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      pyrgotidae  Sphecomyiella valida  Pyrgotid Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Pictured-wing Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      sciaridae  Unknown sp.  Dark-winged Fungus Gnat
      psychodidae  Clogmia albipunctata  Moth Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Neoconocephalus triops  Broad-tipped Conehead
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
        Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly
      hydroptilidae  Unknown sp.  Microcaddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly
        Unknown sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx

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