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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of six participated in this week's survey under warm and sunny conditions. Caterpillars have numerous ways they avoid or deter their predators, including (shown below) false eyespots, building retreats of leaves or silk, and matching their host plant color. Sometimes, though, their defenses fail them and they just get eaten (also shown below).

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Archilochus alexandri (black-chinned hummingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Nemognatha sp. (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips semiferana (oak leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aristotelia roseosuffusella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena minualis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale edusina (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archirhoe neomexicana (moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Prochoerodes lineola (large maple spanworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nematocampa resistaria (horned spanworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Dan Zinn


Colias eurytheme (orange sulphur)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Anaea aidea (tropical leafwing larva in retreat)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva in webbing)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilis cristatus (wheel bug nymph eating common buckeye larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile sp. (leafcutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Delphinia picta (picture-winged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Scleropogon sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult, larva & pupa)
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing (larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & pupa)
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      lycaenidae  Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Hypena minualis  Moth
        Caeunurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis jucunda  Merry Melipotis
        Zale edusina  Moth
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
      lasiocampidae  Malacosoma disstria  Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Archirhoe neomexicana  Moth
        Disclisioprocta stellata  Somber Carpet
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (adult & larva)
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
        Peoria bipartitella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
        Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
      tortricidae  Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Clepsis peritana  Garden Tortrix
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Aristotelia roseosuffusella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      chrysomelidae  Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Typocerus sinuatus  Flower Longhorn
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius sp.  Leafhopper
        Agalliopsis cervina  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leafcutter Bee
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      mutillidae  Sphaeropthalma auripilis  Velvet Ant
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      asilidae  Scleropogon sp.  Robber Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Pirata sp.  Wolf Spider
      amphinectidae  Metaltella simoni  Spider
      gnaphosidae  Zelotes sp.  Ground Spider

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