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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Ten people participated in this week's survey under very cloudy, warm and breezy conditions. Aphids are quite abundant right now. Although they reproduce like crazy, they do have a number of predators that keep them in check. Below are just two examples: the ballooned out aphid corpses containing tiny braconid wasps (each adult wasp will exit its host through a round hole it will chew in the back), and a meshweb weaver attacking a winged adult aphid. The highlight of this survey was the young rattlesnake shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Charadra dispulsa (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spilosoma dubia (dubious tiger moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Marathyssa basalis (light marathyssa)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemieuxoa rudens (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (dead aphids containing braconid wasps)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyna sp. (meshweb weaver attacking aphid)
photo by Val Bugh


Delphinia picta (pictured-wing fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllophilopsis sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Listroderes sp. (weevil, with deformed left elytron, or wing cover)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar on bluebonnet)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypera sp. (weevil larva and pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (sawfly larva - the head is to the right)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes nigromarginatus (black-margined shieldback nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea ambulator (walking thread-legged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryothorus bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    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)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), on nest
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), scat
    Coyote (Canis latrans), scat

  • Reptiles:
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea), immature
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Peridroma saucia  Variegated Cutworm
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Hemieuxoa rudens  Moth
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Phoberia atomaris  Common Oak Moth
        Maliattha concinnimacula  Moth
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Apamea cariosa  Moth
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Elaphria alapallida  Pale-winged Midget
        Agrotis ipsilon  Ipsilon Dart
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Marathyssa basalis  Light Marathyssa
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Cutworm (larva)
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      arctiidae  Spilosoma dubia  Dubious Tiger Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
        Schizura errucata  Prominent
      geometridae  Digrammia delectata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  California Granite
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  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 (adult & larva)
        Eupithecia bolterii  Pug
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Phaeoura quernaria  Oak Beauty
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (larva)
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Pseudexentera hodsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Sereda tautana  Speckled Sereda Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia hagenella  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga farcta  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      cerambycidae  Aneflomorpha sp.  Long-horned Beetle
      curculionidae  Listroderes sp.  Weevil
        Hypera sp.  Weevil (adult, larva & pupa)

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      tingidae  Unknown sp.  Lace Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
      braconidae  Unknown spp.  Braconid Wasp (adult & pupa)

    diptera  muscidae  Stomoxys calcitrans  Stable Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (larva)
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Pictured-wing Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Phyllophilopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

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

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Net-spinning Caddisfly

    araneae  dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      unknown  Unknown sp.  Spider (egg sac)
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver

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