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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Twelve volunteers participated in this week's survey; it was a cool morning but the sun quickly warmed things up. Small insects called barklice (a single barklouse is illustrated below) live on trees where, in spite of their suggestive name, they are not pests at all but simply feed on lichens and fungi.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Aniulus sp. (julid millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider with egg sac)
photo by Dan Zinn


Blaste quieta (barklouse)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle)
photo by Dan Zinn


Copestylum marginatum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly - hairy eyes!)
photo by Gary St. Clair


Rachiplusia ou (gray looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalographa biloba (bilobed looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Atlides halesus (great purple hairstreak)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Lerema accius (clouded skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Copaeodes aurantiaca (orange skipperling)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Dan Zinn


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Condica confederata (confederate moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Neogalea sunia (lantana stick moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Spilosoma virginica (Virginia tiger moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        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
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Neogalea sunia  Lantana Stick Moth (larva)
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling (larva)
        Condica confederata  Confederate Moth (larva)
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
      arctiidae  Spilosoma virginica  Virginia Tiger Moth (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        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
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Herpetogramma bipunctalis  Two-spotted Herpetogramma
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
      carabidae  Harpalus sp.  Ground Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala femorata  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia illucens  Black Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
      coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus bispinosus  Two-spined Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    psocoptera  psocidae  Blaste quieta  Barklouse

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider

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