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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This week's survey was conducted by a team of five; the weather was rather cold, windy and sunny. During the winter, when it is this chilly, the diversity of flying insects is quite low, even with sunshine. Honey bees tend to be active due to the shelter of their hive keeping them warm and ready to fly, while native pollinators include mostly very tiny flies and a few kinds of equally small bees, as shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebe)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Spizella passerina (chipping sparrow)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum sp. (sweat bee, on fleabane blossom)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly, perched on cactus spine)
photo by Val Bugh


Gryllus sp. (field cricket nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Eritettix abortivus (Texas short-winged slant-faced grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes alacer (plateau spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenonema femoratum (flat-headed mayfly nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Halticotoma valida (yucca plant bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia strigataria (small phigalia)
photo by Val Bugh


Aon noctuiformis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cudonigera houstonana (juniper budworm, very young larva - only 4 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      geometridae  Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm (larva)

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle

    hemiptera  pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig (adult & nymph)

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly (nymph)

    araneae  lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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