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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A light freeze ushered in a cold and sunny morning as four volunteers completed this week's survey. Several species of tree crickets live in our area and they all look very similar. The most reliable way to tell them apart is by the shape of tiny black and white markings at the bases of their antennae. These distinguishing characters can only be seen in a head-on view, as illustrated below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Hoarfrost on Heartleaf Skullcap leaf
photo by Val Bugh

Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Archytas sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Gnadochaeta sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Eupeodes americanus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh

Oecanthus fultoni (snowy tree cricket)
photo by Val Bugh

Lestes alacer (plateau spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh

Homalodisca vitripennis (glassy-winged sharpshooter)
photo by Val Bugh

Polymerus basalis (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Eupackardia calleta (calleta silkmoth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Euclea incisa (oak slug, larva)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Eumarozia malachitana (sculptured moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Libytheana carinenta (American snouts - too cold to move!)
photo by Val Bugh

Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), tracks
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Tripudia balteata  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      saturniidae  Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug (larva)
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      colletidae  Colletes birkmanni  Cellophane Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes americanus  Flower Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
        Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm Fly
        Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
      tachinidae  Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Gnadochaeta sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Unknown sp.  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Unknown sp.  Running Crab Spider (egg sac)
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider

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