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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of ten completed this week's survey under cool, heavily overcast conditions. Spiders have different ways of protecting their egg sacs from predators; many leave them well hidden, camouflaged or in hard-to-reach spots while others, such as two shown below, take a more involved approach. The Meshweb Weaver simply guards hers, while the Spitting Spider carries her eggs in her jaws! Additional survey pictures can be viewed on Dvori's Flickr page.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Homophoberia apicosa (black wedge-spot)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Dolba hyloeus (pawpaw sphinx moths mating)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Unknown sp. (hornworm with molted skin stuck on its rear)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper about to molt)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (crambid moth larva)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Neivamyrmex sp. (legionary ant, male "sausage fly")
photo by Val Bugh


Microtomus purcis (assassin bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Teleonemia sp. (lace bug)
photo by Dvori Bird


Balclutha neglecta (leafhoppers)
photo by Val Bugh


Prolyctus exaratus (dry bark beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Eustrophopsis bicolor (polypore fungus beetle)
photo by Dvori Bird


Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted lady beetle pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Eris militaris (bronze jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hentzia palmarum (long-jawed jumper)
photo by Dvori Bird


Colonus puerperus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypsosinga rubens (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyna sp. (meshweb weaver with egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


Scytodes sp. (spitting spider with egg sac)
photo by Dvori Bird


Graptemys versa (Texas map turtle)
photo by Dvori Bird

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    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)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Scud (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Elaphria festivoides  Festive Midget
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Homophoberia apicosa  Black Wedge-spot
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
        Leucania adjuta  Adjutant Wainscot
        Leucania incognita  Moth
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
        Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
      sphingidae  Unknown sp.  Hornworm (larva)
        Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
        Dolba hyloeus  Pawpaw Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Clepsis peritana  Garden Tortrix
      blastobasidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (adult & pupa)
      chrysomelidae  Longitarsus sp.  Flea Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      bothrideridae  Prolyctus exaratus  Dry Bark Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      cantharidae  Rhagonycha lineola  Soldier Beetle
      tetratomidae  Eustrophopsis bicolor  Polypore Fungus Beetle
      anthribidae  Euparius marmoreus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
        Microtomus purcis  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Balclutha neglecta  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male "sausage fly")
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  muscidae  Stomoxys calcitrans  Stable Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      pyrgotidae  Boreothrinax maculipennis  Pyrgotid Fly
      sciaridae  Unknown sp.  Dark-winged Fungus Gnat
      culicidae  Ochlerotatus sp.  Mosquito
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    psocoptera  stenopsocidae  Graphopsocus cruciatus  Barklouse

    araneae  araneidae  Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      corinnidae  Trachelas sp.  Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      anyphaenidae  Wulfila sp.  Ghost Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      scytodidae  Scytodes sp.  Spitting Spider

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