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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was very hot and mostly sunny as nine volunteers carried out this week's survey. The grass skippers are a group of small butterflies whose caterpillars feed on grasses or sedges. The adults bask in a unique posture where each wing is at a different angle. This odd arrangement, called the jet-plane position, is nicely illustrated in the Fiery Skipper shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Masticophis flagellum testaceus (western coachwhip)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea sp. (thread-legged katydid)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Orchelimum silvaticum (long-spurred meadow katydid, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper, wings closed)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper, wings open!)
photo by Dan Zinn


Danaus plexippus (monarch, closer than usual)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Blastobasis glandulella (acorn moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pareuchaetes insulata (yellow-winged pareuchaetes)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia semiflava (half-yellow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Cydia membrosa (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Adaina ambrosiae (ambrosia plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorotettix sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus phyllopus (eastern leaf-footed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Thyanta custator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Hentzia palmarum (long-jawed jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Egret (Ardea alba)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Western Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum testaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (all life stages)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Tripudia luxuriosa  Moth
        Ponometia semiflava  Half-yellow
      erebidae  Mocis latipes  Small Mocis
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Adelphia petrella  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia membrosa  Leafroller Moth
        Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
        Stenoptilodes sp.  Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus fulguratus  Leaf Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Euetheola humilis  Sugarcane Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Ponana punctipennis  Leafhopper
        Chlorotettix sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Empoasca sp.  Leafhopper
        Alconeura sp.  Leafhopper
        Macrosteles sp.  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper (nymph)
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      muscidae  Coenosia sp.  Tiger Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Leucochrysa americana  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider

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