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It was cloudy, windy and the temperature was just above freezing as three volunteers completed this week's survey. Two kinds of arachnids are sometimes called "Daddy Long-legs," and both are shown below. Cellar spiders have long legs, but they can easily be distinguished from harvestmen by their two distinct body parts (vs. one), and their webs. The harvestman is not a spider and cannot produce silk.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Anolis carolinensis (green anole, so cold it can hardly move)
photo by Val Bugh

Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary, same as above)
photo by Val Bugh

Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer)
photo by Val Bugh

Mozena lunata (mesquite bug)
photo by Dan Zinn

Neokolla dolobrata (leafhopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Lepyronia quadrangularis (spittlebug - head is at right)
photo by Val Bugh

Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh

Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted ladybird)
photo by Val Bugh

Dicromantispa sayi (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (flesh fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Vespula squamosa (southern yellowjacket)
photo by Val Bugh

Leiobunum sp. (harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh

Crossopriza lyoni (cellar spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Pholcus phalangioides (long-bodied cellar spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Xysticus sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (larva)
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer

    hemiptera  coreidae  Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket

    diptera  sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      mantispidae  Dicromantispa sayi  Mantisfly

    araneae  thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      pholcidae  Crossopriza lyoni  Cellar Spider
        Pholcus phalangioides  Long-bodied Cellar Spider

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