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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This week's survey was conducted by four volunteers during a cool, foggy morning which gave way to sunny skies by mid-morning. Some of our butterfly species have different color forms in winter vs. summer broods. Two sulphurs shown below are distinctive examples. Although light yellow during the spring and summer (see photo from March), both Orange and Dainty Sulphurs, shown below, are often much darker in the winter, helping them absorb the sun's warmth more efficiently.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Sinea sp. (spined assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Leptoglossus phyllopus (eastern leaf-footed bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Harmostes sp. (scentless plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Aquarius remigis (water strider)
photo by Val Bugh

Stenocranus unipunctatus (delphacid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Macrosteles quadrilineatus (aster leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (spittlebug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh

Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle,
on bluebonnet flower!)
photo by Val Bugh

Encoptolophus sp. (bandwing grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp, our smallest species)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes rubiginosus (paper wasp, very large species!)
photo by Val Bugh

Augochloropsis metallica (green sweat bee, nectar stealing)
photo by Val Bugh

Otala lactea (garden snail - the round hole under the shell is the respiratory pore)
photo by Val Bugh

Cheiracanthium inclusum (sac spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Psamatodes abydata (dot-lined angle)
photo by Val Bugh

Ethmia hagenella (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

Leptotes marina (marine blue, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur, winter color phase)
photo by Val Bugh

Colias eurytheme (orange sulphur, winter color phase)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Sparrow (Unknown sp.), scattered bones & feathers
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Pond Snail (Unknown sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & egg)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Spodoptera albula  Moth
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Mocis latipes  Small Mocis Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (adult & larva)
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia hagenella  Ethmia Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Psyllobora renifer  Ladybird Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Sinea sp.  Spined Assassin Bug
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Macrosteles quadrilineatus  Aster Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      delphacidae  Stenocranus unipunctatus  Planthopper
      membracidae  Spissistilus sp.  Treehopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Halictus ligatus  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Compsocryptus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      culicidae  Culiseta inornata  Mosquito
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Orphulella speciosa  Pasture Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
        Encoptolophus sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    araneae  oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider

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