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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Under misty, cool skies, this week's survey was conducted by seven volunteers. The Snakefly shown below is an unusual predator that appears only in the spring. It is related to lacewings and hunts in the branches of juniper where its banded body provides admirable camouflage. This individual did not emerge completely from its pupa shell (exuviae) and the remains are still stuck on its wings. It also has a bent back leg. These deformities can happen when conditions (such as temperature or humidity) are poor as the insect molts.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Bombycilla cedrorum (cedar waxwing)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Bradybaena similaris (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh

Armadillidium vulgare (A winged pillbug?
No, the pillbug is eating a dead crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Culiseta inornata (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh

Agulla bicolor (snakefly, with exuviae still attached to wings)
photo by Val Bugh

Hydropsyche sp. (net-spinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh

Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ant worker carrying rock)
photo by Val Bugh

Osmia ribifloris (mason bee)
photo by Val Bugh

Lopidea major (plant bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Megalographa biloba (bilobed looper)
photo by Val Bugh

Nomophila nearctica (Lucerne moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Sereda tautana (speckled sereda moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Ethmia zelleriella (Zeller's ethmia)
photo by Val Bugh

Cerathosia tricolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Acronicta lepetita (dagger moth)
photo by Val Bugh

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

Euchlaena marginaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh

Colias cesonia (southern dogface)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryothorus bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), on nest
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), bones & scat
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), bones & tracks

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea), immature
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Banded Slug (Lehmannia valentiana)
    Sowbug (Porcellionides pruinosus)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Spodoptera exigua  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Xystopeplus rufago  Red-winged Sallow
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Apamea cariosa  Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia delectata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  California Granite
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia colorata  Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Eupithecia bolterii  Pug
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Euchlaena marginaria  Moth
        Phaeoura quernaria  Oak Beauty
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (adult & larva)
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Ephestiodes gilvescentella  Dusky Raisin Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Rumatha bihinda  Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Pseudexentera hodsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Sereda tautana  Speckled Sereda Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella melanoclista  Tropical Fruitworm Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      acrolepiidae  Acrolepiopsis leucoscia  Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (adult & larva)
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Penthimia americana  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon (cocoon)

    diptera  calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      culicidae  Culiseta inornata  Mosquito
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Net-spinning Caddisfly

    araneae  dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver

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