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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm, windy and partly sunny as eleven volunteers participated in this week's survey. Although they share a similar shell shape, freshwater limpets (see below) are not closely related to the saltwater mollusks of the same name. The much smaller freshwater species are instead allied with typically spiral-shelled pond snails such as the Ram's-horn. Additional survey pictures can be viewed on Dvori's Flickr page.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar)
photo by Dvori Bird


Psychomorpha epimenis (grapevine epimenis larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylophanes tersa (tersa sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Darapsa myron (Virginia creeper sphinx)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa virginiensis (American lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Callibaetis pictus (small minnow mayfly)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Dactylopius sp. (cochineal insect)
photo by Val Bugh


Caulotops distanti (plant bug nymph)
photo by Dvori Bird


Lopidea major (plant bugs mating)
photo by Dvori Bird


Trichopepla semivittata (stink bug)
photo by Dvori Bird


Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus (cocklebur weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Hoplitimyia mutabilis (soldier fly)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Sepsis sp. (black scavenger fly)
photo by Dvori Bird


Taxonus terminalis (common sawfly)
photo by Dvori Bird


Unknown sp. (diapriid wasp)
photo by Dvori Bird


Leucauge venusta (orchard spider)
photo by Dvori Bird


Laevapex fuscus (freshwater limpet)
photo by Val Bugh


Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's wren)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake awaiting relocation)
photo by Pat Dittmar

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Egret (Ardea alba)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpole
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), eggs

  • Misc.:
    Freshwater Limpet (Laevapex fuscus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark (larva)
        Anaea sp.  Leafwing
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (larva)
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Condica vecors  Dusky Groundling
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Feltia subterranea  Subterranean Dart
        Leucania incognita  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      erebidae  Eubolina impartialis  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Lesmone detrahens  Detracted Owlet
        Bleptina caradrinalis  Bent-winged Owlet
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
        Xylophanes tersa  Tersa Sphinx
        Darapsa myron  Virginia Creeper Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina americana  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      depressariidae  Pyramidobela sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (adult & pupa)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
        Blepharida rhois  Sumac Leaf Beetle (larva)
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
        Mordella sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tetratomidae  Eustrophopsis bicolor  Polypore Fungus Beetle
      curculionidae  Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus  Cocklebur Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Caulotops distanti  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Slaterocoris sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Unknown sp.  Assassin Bug (eggs)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Osbornellus scalaris  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (nymph)
      membracidae  Entylia carinata  Treehopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male "sausage fly")
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      diapriidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      braconidae  Meteorus sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Chirotica sp.  Ichneumon
      tenthredinidae  Taxonus terminalis  Common Sawfly

    diptera  asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hoplitimyia mutabilis  Soldier Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      sepsidae  Sepsis sp.  Black Scavenger Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge (larva)

    odonata  libellulidae  Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Enallagma basidens  Double-striped Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina mantis (nymph)

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis pictus  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  araneidae  Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Leucauge venusta  Orchard Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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