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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Nine people participated in this week's survey, including experienced birders. We saw more birds; big surprise. A range of weather conditions from cool and overcast to warm and sunny prevailed. The butterflies and moths (and their larvae) are certainly on the increase. With the help of an entomologist specializing in beetles, we have added more species in that order.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Apiomerus longispinis (bee assassin)
photo by Val Bugh

Isohydnocera sp. (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Castianeira trilineata (ant-mimic spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (damselfly exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh

Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Yponomeuta atomocella (brown-bordered ermine moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Val Bugh

Pococera militella (pyralid moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Schizura errucata (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (shield bug eggs hatching)
photo by Val Bugh

Sigela penumbrata (stippled sigela moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Chrysopilus sp. (snipe fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Libytheana carinenta (American snout)
photo by Val Bugh

Ozodiceromyia sp. (stiletto fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh

Sympistis perscripta (scribbled sallow larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Atymna sp. (tree hopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Amphibians & Reptiles:
    Gulf Coast Toad tadpoles (Bufo valliceps)
    Unidentified baby turtle (family Emydidae)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak (larva)
      hesperiidae  Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
        Sympistis perscripta  Scribbled Sallow (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper
        Cucullia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph (larva)
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (adult & larva)
        Schizura errucata  Prominent (larva)
        Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
      geometridae  Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia (larva)
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray (larva)
      crambidae  Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pterophoridae  Geina sp.  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)
      elachistidae  Antaeotricha lindseyi  Bird-dropping Moth
      pyralidae  Pococera militella  Moth
      tortricidae  Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
      yponomeutidae  Yponomeuta atomocella  Brown-bordered Ermine Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Unknown sp.  Damselfly (exuviae)

    diptera  syrphidae  Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Euparyphus sp.  Soldier Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito
      tephritidae  Campiglossa sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      rhagionidae  Chrysopilus sp.  Snipe Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Chrysomela sp.  Leaf Beetle (pupa)
        Smaragdina militaris  Leaf Beetle
        Xanthonia sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      melyridae  Attalus rufiventris  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus lecontei  Metallic Wood-borer
      cantharidae  Malthinus occipitalis  Soldier Beetle
      cerambycidae  Euderces pini  Long-horned Beetle
      melandryidae  Symphora sp.  False Darkling Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scraptiidae  Allopoda sp.  False Flower Beetle
      dermestidae  Unknown sp.  Dermestid Beetle
      cleridae  Isohydnocera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      curculionidae  Rhinocyllus conicus  Weevil

    hemiptera  miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Unknown sp.  Shield Bug (eggs hatching)
      reduviidae  Apiomerus longispinis  Bee Assassin
      coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      coccidae  Pulvinaria sp.  Cottony Scale
      membracidae  Atymna sp.  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Sweat Bee

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      acrididae  Lactista azteca  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      thomisidae  Tmarus sp.  Crab Spider
      corinnidae  Castianeira trilineata  Ant-mimic Spider

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