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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four people completed this week's survey under mostly overcast skies and very warm, muggy conditions. Centipedes and millipedes look very similar but are actually not closely related at all. While centipedes are fast moving predators with one pair of legs per body segment, millipedes are slower scavengers and have two pairs of legs on each segment, an anatomical feature illustrated in one of the following photos.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Atlides halesus (great purple hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Val Bugh


Heterocampa astartoides (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Aroga compositella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Inga cretacea (chalky inga)
photo by Val Bugh


Carposina sasakii (peach fruitworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Plagiomimicus manti (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolichomia olinalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tampa dimediatella (Tampa moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Petrophila kearfottalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Culicoides sp. (biting midge, before & after retaliation)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug nymphs with tachinid fly eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp.(millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabdotus sp. (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (meshweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Enallagma civile (familiar bluet)
photo by Val Bugh


Eritettix abortivus (Texas short-winged slant-faced grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca obscura (obscure bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Acontia cretata  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Plagiomimicus manti  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Emarginea percara  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
        Heterocampa astartoides  Prominent
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Petrophila kearfottalis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Dolichomia olinalis  Moth
        Homosassa ella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
        Calosima sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aroga compositella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Conotrachelus naso  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma validae  Yucca Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      ceratopogonidae  Culicoides sp.  Biting Midge
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Sparnopolius sp.  Bee Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      agromyzidae  Melanagromyza sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly (egg)

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback

    mantodea  thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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