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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight volunteers participated this morning, which began frosty but quickly warmed under mostly sunny conditions. While many butterflies spread their wings to help focus solar rays on their flight muscles, a few never bask that way. The sulphurs are a good example; the Dainty Sulphur shown below always keeps its wings closed and simply turns broadside to the sun.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


hoarfrost on leaf
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly with aphid)
photo by Dvori Bird


Anacampsis levipedella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Battaristis concinusella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak)
photo by Dvori Bird


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Enicospilus sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Arphia sp. (band-winged grasshopper nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Ceuthophilus sp. (camel cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Cardinalis cardinalis (northern cardinal)
photo by Dvori Bird


Spizella pusilla (field sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Melospiza lincolnii (Lincoln's sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Ardea alba (great egret)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Great Egret (Ardea alba)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fresh tracks

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) tadpoles
    Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis levipedella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      ichneumonidae  Enicospilus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge (larva in gall)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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