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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was pleasantly sunny, chilly, and windy as a team of eight completed this week's survey. Finding the mangled remains of a long-dead cottontail gave us a chance to see one of the features that separates rabbits from rodents: While the latter have a single pair of upper incisors, the former have two pairs, with the smaller ones located directly behind the large ones, as shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Bubo virginianus (great horned owl)
photo by Dvori Bird


Aphelocoma woodhouseii (Woodhouse's scrub-jay)
photo by Dvori Bird


Oreothlypis celata (orange-crowned warbler)
photo by Dvori Bird


Baeolophus atricristatus (black-crested titmouse)
photo by Dvori Bird


Monoctenus sp. (pine sawfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Camponotus sp. (carpenter ant, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Homolobus sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Dvori Bird


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp cocoons on dead caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Nemoria zygotaria (emerald)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Ethmia semilugens (ethmia moth)
photo by Dvori Bird


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neokolla uhleri (leafhopper)
photo by Dvori Bird


Eritettix abortivus (Texas short-winged slant-faced grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Leiobunum sp. (harvestmen)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Philodromus sp. (running crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail skull)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

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

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent (adult & pupa)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuide  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva & adult)
      geometridae  Pero meskaria  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Blepharida rhois  Sumac Leaf Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus (nymph)  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant (male)
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (pupa)
        Homolobus sp.  Braconid Wasp
      diprionidae  Monoctenus sp.  Pine Sawfly

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    araneae  araneidae  Unknown sp.  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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