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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of nine completed this week's survey on a hot and sunny morning. Lizards, like all reptiles, amphibians and birds, excrete both urine and feces from the same opening, the cloaca. Each dropping has two parts: the chalky white bit is concentrated (because lizards conserve their moisture) uric acid and the brown is the fecal material. See image below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Mozena lunata (mesquite bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug adult & nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Diplotaxis sp. (scarab)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Stenaspis verticalis (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Bufo nebulifer (Gulf coast toad in waterfall)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail excreting waste)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Planorbella duryi (Seminole rams-horn snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hileithia rehamalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes triangulalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aristotelia corallina (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia thoreaui (Thoreau's flower moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Darapsa myron (Virginia creeper sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Zerene cesonia (southern dogface larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia sedula (blue-ringed dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Leech (Erpobdella sp.)
    Seminole Rams-horn Snail (Planorbella duryi)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Heliconius charithonia  Zebra Heliconian (pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & pupa)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (adult & larva)
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth (larva)
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Eubolina impartialis  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Darapsa myron  Virginia Creeper Sphinx (larva)
        Erinnyis obscura  Obscure Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lineodes triangulalis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta sp.  Moth (larva)
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Hileithia rehamalis  Moth
        Stemorrhages costata  Moth
      pyralidae  Chararica hystriculella  Moth
      tortricidae  Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      sesiidae  Carmenta phoradendri  Mistletoe Borer Moth
      gelechiidae  Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Untomia albistrigella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Aristotelia corallina  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Hellinsia sp.  Plume Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
        Blastobasis sp.  Moth
        Hypatopa sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
        Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Stenaspis verticalis  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      elateridae  Conoderus sp.  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia clarior  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidaee  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      braconidae  Rogas sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Argia sedula  Blue-ringed Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver

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