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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eight volunteers completed this week's survey under cool and sunny conditions. The scud shown below is a freshwater amphipod (a type of crustacean). These tiny animals can be found in the algae of the ponds. They are so delicate that if they are just dropped into the water, they get stuck on the surface tension and cannot break through. A simple prod with a finger, though, pushes them under and they will then swim away.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Baeolophus atricristatus (black-crested titmouse)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing: brown winter color form)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalographa biloba (bilobed looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthosia annulimacula (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cucullia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia californiaria (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Digrammia pallidata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Digrammia atrofasciata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Glena quinquelinearia (five-lined glena)
photo by Val Bugh


Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana (filigreed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (scud)
photo by Val Bugh


Helobdella sp. (leech)
photo by Val Bugh


Phrurotimpus borealis (spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Pardosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandiera)

  • Misc.:
    Leech (Helobdella sp.)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Scud (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (pupa)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Orthosia annulimacula  Moth
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Cucullia sp.  Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Caripeta triangulata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia longidens  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Epinotia celtisana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      curculionidae  Tyloderma foveolatum  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Blow Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      muscidae  Phaonia sp.  Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge

    odonata  lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher (nymph)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      corinnidae  Phrurotimpus borealis  Spider

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