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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This week's survey was completed by a team of nine under mostly cloudy and chilly conditions. The color of many caterpillars reflects that of their host plant. The magenta Eupithecia larva shown below acquired its stunning hue after feeding on the purple flowers of Liatris.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Oncometopia orbona (leafhopper)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Taylorilygus apicalis (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysolina auripennis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Neomyia cornicina (fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Encoptolophus costalis (dusky grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Enicospilus sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar with odd coiffure)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypercompe scribonia (great leopard moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra: underside)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurymerodesmus sp. (millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Plethodon albagula (western slimy salamander, juvenile)
photo by Val Bugh


Dendroica coronata (yellow-rumped warbler)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


dramatic frontal boundary at midmorning
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Meadowlark (Sturnella sp.)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

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

  • Amphibians:
    Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)

  • Misc.:
    Polydesmid Millipede (Eurymerodesmida sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (adult & larva)
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Chrysolina auripennis  Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Ateuchus sp.  Dung Beetle

    hemiptera  largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Brochymena cariosa  Rough Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  muscidae  Neomyia cornicina  Fly
      lauxaniidae  Melanomyza femoralis  Lauxaniid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (egg sac)
      salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      theridiidae  Anelosimus studiosus  Social Cobweb Weaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      amphinectidae  Metaltella simoni  Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
        Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx

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