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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The sun sure felt good on a cold, windy morning as three volunteers completed this week's survey. The dragonfly exuviae, or shed skin (see image below), found floating in one of the ponds clearly shows the mouthparts that the insect uses to catch its prey. The large lower jaw can shoot forward at an incredible speed, nabbing unsuspecting insects, small fish or tadpoles.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh

Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Encoptolophus costalis (dusky grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Euborellia annulipes (ring-legged earwig)
photo by Val Bugh

Anax junius (common green darner exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh

Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes bellicosus (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Lactura sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Iridopsis defectaria (brown-shaded gray)
photo by Val Bugh

Nemoria zygotaria (emerald)
photo by Val Bugh

Psaphida rolandi (Roland's sallow)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Plagiometriona clavata (clavate tortoise beetle, top & underside views)
photo by Val Bugh

Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Zonotrichia leucophrys (white-crowned sparrow)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Psaphida rolandi  Roland's Sallow
      geometridae  Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner (exuviae)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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