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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although spring began almost a week ago, the morning's weather was cold, cloudy, and very windy after a brief rainstorm just before sunrise. Three volunteers participated. Due to the rain and strong wind, many insects were simply taking shelter and trying not to be blown away. We found a good number of well-hidden moths on the rocks and walls near security lights. Conditions were not yet warm or calm enough for Honey Bees to forage, but one individual, shown below, had a secure refuge within some Redbud blossoms.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Hammaptera parinotata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Anicla infecta (green cutworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Cucullia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Galgula partita (the wedgling)
photo by Val Bugh

Hyperaeschra georgica (Georgian prominent)
photo by Val Bugh

Isogona tenuis (thin-lined owlet)
photo by Val Bugh

Amyelois transitella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Ethmia semilugens (ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Platynota flavedana (black-shaded platynota moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Boreothrinax maculipennis (pyrgotid fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh

Phyllobaenus discoideus (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Rhagonycha sp. (soldier beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Pyrota insulata (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Cucullia sp.  Moth
      erebidae  Cissusa sp.  Moth
        Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet
        Heteranassa mima  Moth
        Phyprosopus callitrichoides  Curve-lined Owlet
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
        Hyperaeschra georgica  Georgian Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Hammaptera parinotata  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Pseudexentera spoliana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
      cantharidae  Rhagonycha sp.  Soldier Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle
      cleridae  Phyllobaenus discoideus  Checkered Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      eupelmidae  Metapelma sp.  Wasp

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      pyrgotidae  Boreothrinax maculipennis  Pyrgotid Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly (eggs)

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

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