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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Moderate temperatures on a cloudy morning made this week's survey delightful for the six participants. Cotton rats, such as the youngster shown here, are frequently seen in the Gardens. Females can produce litters of 2-10 up to 9 times a year and young can be weaned as early as 5 days! They provide prey for snakes, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and, of course, the resident great horned owls. Additional survey pictures can be viewed on Dvori's Flickr page.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sigmodon hispidus (young hispid cotton rat)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (meadow katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhopalophora longipes (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Kuschelina gibbitarsa (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Piezodorus guildinii (red-banded stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Cuerna costalis (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Caloptilia rhoifoliella (sumac leafblotch miner moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Walshia miscecolorella (sweetclover root borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Episemasia cervinaria (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (hatchling hornworm eating its egg shell)
photo by Val Bugh


Scopula umbilicata (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia plana (springwater dancer)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Anthomyia illocata (root maggot fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Boreothrinax maculipennis (pyrgotid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Kaira alba (frilled orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia inclemens (dimorphic jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
    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)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Elaphria festivoides  Festive Midget
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      erebidae  Goniapteryx servia  Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      sphingidae  Unknown sp.  Hornworm (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (eggs)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia bolterii  Moth
      thyrididae  Thyris sepulchralis  Mournful Thyris Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth (larva)
      blastobasidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis levipedella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      cosmopterigidae  Walshia miscecolorella  Sweetclover Root Borer Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia rhoifoliella  Sumac Leafblotch Miner Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Oulema collaris  Leaf Beetle
        Kuschelina gibbitarsa  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Rhopalophora longipes  Longhorn Beetle
      bostrichidae  Melalgus plicatus  Powder-post Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus verbasci  Carpet Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      elateridae  Melanotus sp.  Click Beetle
        Agriotes insanus  Click Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      cantharidae  Rhagonycha lineola  Soldier Beetle
        Ditemnus perforatus  Soldier Beetle
      curculionidae  Epicaerus sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil
        Geraeus sp.  Weevil
        Myrmex scrobicollis  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Piezodorus guildinii  Red-banded Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Agalliopsis sp.  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Microcentrus caryae  Treehopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
        Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male "sausage fly")

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Unknown sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
        Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      platystomatidae  Senopterina caerulexcens  Signal Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes americanus  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      pyrgotidae  Boreothrinax maculipennis  Pyrgotid Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      anthomyiidae  Anthomyia sp.  Root Maggot Fly
        Anthomyia illocata  Root Maggot Fly
      psychodidae  Clogmia albipunctata  Moth Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus sp.  Mosquito
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia plana  Springwater Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Neonemobius sp.  Ground Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Kaira alba  Frilled Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
        Maevia inclemens  Dimorphic Jumper
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      pholcidae  Crossopriza lyoni  Cellar Spider

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