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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was partly sunny and warm as six volunteers completed this week's survey. While most moths' response to predators involves simply flying away, some have another defense: producing a smelly liquid from a pair of glands on their prothorax. The droplets are visible on the Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mormidea lugens (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Chinavia marginata & Chinavia hilaris (green stink bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Neopamera bilobata (seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Megachile sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Phoebis agarithe (large orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa virginiensis (American lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Grotella septempunctata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pareuchaetes insulata (yellow-winged pareuchaetes)
photo by Val Bugh


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Agriphila vulgivagella (vagabond crambus moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Alberada parabates (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenaspis verticalis (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh


Graptemys versa (Texas map turtle)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Grotella septempunctata  Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
      crambidae  Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Loxomorpha flavidissimalis  Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Peach Fruitworm Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Chilocorus cacti  Cactus Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Stenaspis verticalis  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Lygaeospilus tripunctatus  Seed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma nicholi  Yucca Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia marginata  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chinavia hilaris  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Mormidea lugens  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hedriodiscus sp.  Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas marmoratus  Tachinid Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper

    neuroptera  chysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theridiidae  Theridion sp.  Cobweb Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider

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