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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our survey this time was on the Vernal Equinox, and our five volunteers enjoyed a cool and sunny morning. While some insects, such as the Falcate Orangetip and Cecropia Moth, appear only once a year due to their 12-month life cycle, others produce several shorter generations a year. One example of the latter is the Saltmarsh Moth shown below having just laid a batch of eggs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anthocharis midea (falcate orangetip)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Galgula partita (the wedgling)
photo by Val Bugh


Cleora sublunaria (double-lined gray)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichomeris simpliciella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta volupialis (pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchromius ocelleus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh moth with eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


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


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


Cuerna costalis (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Ectemnius sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. & Aeolothrips sp. (green sweat bee & predatory thrips)
photo by Val Bugh


Ophion sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Graptemys versa & Trachemys scripta elegans
(Texas map turtle resting on red-eared slider)
photo by Val Bugh


Cardinalis cardinalis (northern cardinal)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), tail feather
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Dargida diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Acronicta tota  Dagger
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (adult & eggs)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
        Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Eupithecia bolterii  Pug Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug Moth
        Cleora sublunaria  Double-lined Gray
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cochylis sp.  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      gelechiidae  Sinoe chambersi  Moth
        Dichomeris simpliciella  Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird

    hemiptera  miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neocoelidia sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      aleyrodidae  Aleuroplatus ovatus  Whitefly

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      crabronidae  Ectemnius sp.  Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Unknown sp.  Katydid (eggs)

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      salticidae  Habronattus fallax  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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