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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Nine participants completed this week's survey. It was cool and sunny, although the presence of hoarfrost (see below) early on indicated pockets of freezing temperatures near the ground. The pollen-dusted blow fly, shown below on Elbow-bush, is indicative of the fact that flies are the second most important group of insect pollinators, after bees.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer shed antler)
photo by Val Bugh


Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion with parasitic mites)
photo by Val Bugh


Phormia regina (black blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly eating leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (fly, just emerged from puparium)
photo by Val Bugh


Enallagma civile (familiar bluet)
photo by Val Bugh


Pasimachus californicus (ground beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Dan Zinn


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Colias eurytheme (orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Geococcyx californianus (greater roadrunner)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Spizella pusilla (field sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Melospiza lincolnii (Lincoln's sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


hoarfrost on leaf
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    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)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), tracks & shed antler

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandiera)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Mite (Leptus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis juvenalis  Juvenal's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      calliphoridae  Phormia regina  Black Blow Fly
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Fly (teneral)
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig

    isoptera  rhinotermitidae  Reticulitermes sp.  Subterranean Termite

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)

    araneae  lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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