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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was warm and mostly sunny as seven volunteers completed this week's survey. The true flies (order diptera) have only one pair of wings. Their second pair are modified into halteres, club-like structures that assist in balance. The photo of a crane fly shown below gives a clear view of this curious feature.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh


Dendroica coronata (yellow-rumped warbler)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Schizocosa sp. (wolf spider eating another spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha laboriosa (silver longjawed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Hippodamia convergens (convergent lady beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Tipula sp. (crane fly showing haltere behind wing)
photo by Val Bugh


Liris sp. (cricket wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Amblycorypha huasteca (Texas false katydid nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Penthimia americana (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Ellabella sp. (tropical fruitworm larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudexentera knudsoni (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia bolterii (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Litodonta hydromeli (prominent)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Emarginea percara (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Dan Zinn


Mocis texana (Texas mocis)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandiera), adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (pupa)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis sp.  Duskywing
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Emarginea percara  Moth
        Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Elaphria chalcedonia  Chalcedony Midget
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Acronicta tota  Dagger
        Agrotis malefida  Rascal Dart
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Cissusa spadix  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Mocis texana  Texas Mocis
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia bolterii  Moth
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Chionodes phalacra  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella editha  Tropical Fruitworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Leaf Beetle (larva)
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab

    hemiptera  pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Penthimia americana  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      crabronidae  Liris sp.  Cricket Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      gryllidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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