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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was sunny and not too hot as five participants completed this week's survey. Camouflage is an important defense that helps many insects elude their predators. Two good examples of tree bark mimicry are shown below: the predatory stink bug, which hunts for caterpillars amongst branches, and the cicada.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworms, color variations)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary, just molted -
it simply walked out of its old skin!)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta sp. (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia gracilenta (slender flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia phecolisca (bird-dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spragueia obatra (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Grotella septempunctata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lamprosema victoriae (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Goditha bumeliana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Holochroa dissociarius (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Alydus pilosulus (broad-headed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Brochymena sp. (rough stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug, nymphs & feeding damage on prickly pear)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen resh (cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Camponotus festinatus (carpenter ant, major worker)
photo by Val Bugh


Hoplitis sp. (leafcutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptilon sp. (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & egg)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Eublemma minima  Everlasting Bud Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Ptidchodis vinculum  Black-tipped Ptichodis
        Plagiomimicus pityochromus  Black-barred Brown
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth
        Schinia gracilenta  Slender Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Brooomweed Flower Moth
        Grotella septempunctata  Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      sphingidae  Sphinx dollii  Doll's Sphinx
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Caripeta triangulata  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Pyrausta sp.  Moth (larva)
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Lamprosema victoriae  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (adult & larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Alpheioides parvulalis  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Adelphia petrella  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
        Coleophora sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Chionodes phalacra  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota deceptiva  Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen resh  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Hoplitis sp.  Leafcutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Euptilon sp.  Antlion
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)
        Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Micromus sp.  Brown Lacewing

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper

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