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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Three volunteers participated in an abbreviated survey this week, due to the arrival of a cold front with rain, wind, and falling temperatures. Larvae of many beetle species are not easy to observe, but some feed right out in the open alongside adults. One example is shown below. The larva of this particular leaf beetle protects itself from predators by retaining its feces on its back. This keeps small enemies at bay by forming a barrier, and also probably grosses out larger animals.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Alypia octomaculata (eight-spotted forester)
photo by Val Bugh

Harrisina coracina (grapeleaf skeletonizer moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Battaristis sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Libytheana carinenta (American snout)
photo by Val Bugh

Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary pupa)
photo by Val Bugh

Lema trabeata (leaf beetle & larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Campsomeris plumipes (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Micrurus fulvius tenere (Texas coral snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius tenere)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva & pupa)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      noctuidae  Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
        Ponometia semiflava  The Half-yellow
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
        Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle (adult & larva)

    hemiptera  miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Tropidosteptes quercicola  Plant Bug

    hymenoptera  scoliidae  Campsomeris plumipes  Scoliid Wasp
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male)

    araneae  araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver

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