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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Three volunteers completed this week's survey; it was cold, windy and cloudy. While black flies, or buffalo gnats (see photo below), are notorious blood-sucking pests in northern states, those living in this area are rarely noticed. One reason is that our local species feed mainly on birds and mammals other than humans.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Crossopriza lyoni (cellar spider, with close-up of body)
photo by Val Bugh

Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird, very wet!)
photo by Val Bugh

Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh

Neokolla sp. (leafhopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Abrostola microvalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Melipotis acontioides (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Galgula partita (the wedgling)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Nomophila nearctica (Lucerne moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Psara obscuralis (obscure psara moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Digrammia californiaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Iridopsis defectaria (brown-shaded gray)
photo by Val Bugh

Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur, too cold to move)
photo by Val Bugh

Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

Spodoptera ornithogalli (yellow-striped armyworm)
photo by Val Bugh

Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Cnephia pecuarum (southern buffalo gnat)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.), order Julida
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Melipotis acontioides  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      saturniidae  Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth (larva & pupa)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
      crambidae  Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Psara obscuralis  Obscure Psara Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      yponomeutidae  Unknown sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica septempunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      scarabaeidae  Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Longhorn Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Eumenes sp.  Potter Wasp (nest)

    diptera  sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      simuliidae  Cnephia pecuarum  Southern Buffalo Gnat

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      pholcidae  Crossopriza lyoni  Cellar Spider

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