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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight volunteers participated in this week's survey; conditions were cold and sunny. The diversity of moths is fascinating. Those shown below include a very convincing bumble bee mimic and a bird dropping mimic, as well as a pair illustrating size extremes, from the huge Cecropia to a tiny micro-moth (resting on a window screen).

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing)
photo by Dan Zinn


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cameraria sp. (moth, 3 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth eggs)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian lady beetle eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Lopidea major (plant bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Phytocoris sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Xerophloea major (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Turdus migratorius (American robin)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Poecile carolinensis (Carolina chickadee)
photo by Dvori Bird


Pooecetes gramineus (vesper sparrow)
photo by Dvori Bird


Carduelis psaltria (lesser goldfinch)
photo by Dan Zinn


Carthartes aura & Caracara cheriway (turkey vulture & crested caracara)
photo by Dvori Bird


Eustala sp. (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    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)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) tadpoles
    Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Morrisonia mucens  Gray Woodgrain
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia bolterii  Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
      blastobasidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      gracillariidae  Cameraria sp.  Moth
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Moth (eggs)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (adult & eggs)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Oulema collaris  Leaf Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      ichneumonidae  Compsocryptus sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Unknown sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      corinnidae  Trachelas sp.  Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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