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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Mostly cloudy and warm temperatures prevailed as our team of four participated in this week's survey. Because many millipedes are long and slender, it is easy to consider them to be closely related. The two shown below, though, are actually placed in different orders, a classification akin to moths vs. beetles.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis trio)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes australis (southern spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Achyra rantalis (garden webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Alberada parabates (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia arcigera (flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scopula umbilicata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycomorpha pholus (black-and-yellow lichen moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus sp. (false skeletonizer, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Jalysus sp. (stilt bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Phytomyptera sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cymatodera balteata (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa dubia (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus detrimentosus (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (millipede, order Julida)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (millipede, order Polydesmida)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (earthworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Bufo valliceps valliceps (gulf coast toad)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Crovus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps valliceps) adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Millipedes (Unknown spp.)
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia semiflava  The Half-yellow
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird Dropping Moth
        Dargida diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Schinia arcigera  Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Brooomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (adult, larva & eggs)
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Platphalonidia felix  Leafroller Moth
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Leaf Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      anacanloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      delphacidae  Unknown sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      mutillidae  Unknown sp.  Velvet Ant

    diptera  asilidae  Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Phytomyptera sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      ceratopogonidae  Unknown sp.  Biting Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    araneae  araneidae  Araneus detrimentosus  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Plexippus paykulli  Pantropical Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus fallax  Jumping Spider

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