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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven completed this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. Inexperienced birders can be confused when they see a bird that doesn't match the typical adult form. The scruffy look of the young male Lesser Goldfinch shown below won't earn him a portrait in a field guide, but it is a temporary state; once he finishes molting, he will have the usual elegant black and yellow plumage.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Unknown sp. (midge)
photo by Val Bugh

Geron sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Tachysphex sp. (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Chalybion sp. (blue mud dauber)
photo by Val Bugh

Dasypus novemcinctus (nine-banded armadillo)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko)
photo by Val Bugh

Spinus psaltria (lesser goldfinch, molting young male)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Dolomedes triton (fishing spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion)
photo by Val Bugh

Potamyia flava (netspinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh

Ponometia fasciatella (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Glaphyria fulminalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Petrophila jaliscalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (skipper larva & egg shell)
photo by Val Bugh

Neoconocephalus triops (broad-tipped conehead katydid)
photo by Val Bugh

Curculio sp. (nut weevil)
photo by Val Bugh

Cylas formicarius (sweet potato weevil)
photo by Val Bugh

Dicromantispa sayi (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), dead

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, egg & larva)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & pupa)
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Unknown sp.  Skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Glaphyria fulminalis  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      tortricidae  Clepsis peritana  Garden Tortrix
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus leucomelas  Leaf Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius irroratus  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Hoplitis sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      crabronidae  Tachysphex sp.  Digger Wasp
        Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  spider Wasp
      formicidae  Pseudomyrmex gracilis  Twig Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
        Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Neoconocephalus triops  Broad-tipped Conehead
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Dicromantispa sayi  Mantisfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Potamyia flava  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      theridiidae  Theridion sp.  Cobweb Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      pisauridae  Dolomedes triton  Fishing Spider

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