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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of five completed this week's survey; conditions were sunny and cold. The Dainty Sulphur is a species that is active year-round in our area. During the summer, adults are light yellow, but those that mature in the colder months are much darker, as shown below. When the insect is immobile due to low temperatures, the green/gray scales act as camouflage.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Bubo virginianus (great horned owl pair)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Dendroica coronata (yellow-rumped warbler)
photo by Dan Zinn

Turdus migratorius (American robin)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Dan Zinn

Cardinalis cardinalis (northern cardinal, female)
photo by Pat Dittmar

Brochymena cariosa (rough stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Brochymena lineata (rough stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Anasa tristis (squash bug & harvestmen)
photo by Val Bugh

Microtomus purcis (assassin bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh

Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh

Cynomya cadaverina (bluebottle fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Eupeodes americanus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • 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)
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Elk (Cervus elaphus), fresh tracks

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    hemiptera  coreidae  Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Microtomus purcis  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Brochymena cariosa  Rough Stink Bug
        Brochymena lineata  Rough Stink Bug

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes americanus  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      gnaphosidae  Drassyllus sp.  Ground Spider

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