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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five volunteers completed this week's survey under pleasantly warm and sunny conditions. During their fall migration south, monarchs not only need nectar for food but also a safe place to sleep each night. The pair shown below were part of a small group that roosted in the trees near the Family Garden and were still warming up in the early morning.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Vanessa virginiensis (American lady)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarchs)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Caloptilia rhoifoliella (sumac leafblotch miner moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Melipotis novanda (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno acaciella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota deceptiva (blister beetle)
photo by Dan Zinn


Melacoryphus lateralis (seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Cixius stigmatus (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex texanus (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Dieunomia heteropoda (bee)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Enallagma civile (familiar bluet eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum vicinum (autumn meadowhawk, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cholomyia inaequipes (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (midge, male)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Crested Millipede (Abacion sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & pupa)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Stiria intermixta  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (adult & larva)
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Melipotis novanda  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
      geometridae  Rindgea disparcata  Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Eupithecia longidens  Moth
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Marasmia trapezalis  Trapeze Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Melitara junctolineella  Cactus Borer Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Chionodes phalacra  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
        Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia rhoifoliella  Sumac Leafblotch Miner Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      carabidae  Harpalus sp.  Ground Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota deceptiva  Blister Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      lygaeidae  Melacoryphus lateralis  Seed Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus nigriclavus  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Cixius stigmatus  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Dieunomia heteropoda  Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes bollii  Potter Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk
      sphecidae  Sphex texanus  Digger Wasp
      stephanidae  Megischus bicolor  Stephanid Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      chaoboridae  Chaoborus punctipennis  Phantom Midge
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Heteropogon sp.  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Cholomyia inaequipes  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura civile  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper

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

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick
        Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Eremochrysa punctinervis  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    psocoptera  psocidae  Trichadenotecnum sp.  Barklouse

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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