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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was cold with light rain as three volunteers completed this week's survey. What do butterflies do when the weather is wet and 45°F? The answer is simple: not very much. Flight muscles must be warm enough to function and when they are not, the insects can only cling to vegetation and wait. All the butterflies shown below were immobile.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Leiobunum sp. (harvestman eating dead moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hogna baltimoriana (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thyromanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), fresh tracks

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      pyralidae  Laetilia coccidivora  Scale-feeding Snout Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  lycosidae  Hogna baltimoriana  Wolf Spider

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