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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of three participated in the first survey of the year. It was cold, windy and cloudy. Millipedes and centipedes might seem rather similar because they are both long and leggy, but they are really not closely related. They belong in different classes. While millipedes are slow scavengers with four legs per body segment, centipedes are quick moving predators with only two legs on each segment.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Bubo virginianus (great horned owl with cotton rat)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Unknown sp. (stone centipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Aniulus sp. (julid millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia pallidata (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Megalographa biloba (bilobed looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Galgula partita (the wedgling)
photo by Val Bugh


Caenurgina erechtea (forage looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hibana sp. (ghost spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Steatoda triangulosa (cobweb spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
      erebidae  Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle

    araneae  araneidae  Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      theridiidae  Steatoda triangulosa  Cobweb Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider

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