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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm and sunny as eleven people participated in this week's survey. The mother owl was photographed on her nest during the first survey of the year, Feb. 4. Twelve weeks later, on the evening of Apr. 27, while setting up the mercury vapor light that we use to lure nocturnal insects, the younger of the two fledgling owlets made a final appearance.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Bubo virginianus (great horned owl fledgling)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Xylocopa micans (southern carpenter bee picking up pollen)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Xylocopa micans (southern carpenter bee delivering pollen)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Euphyes vestris (dun skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Euphoria kernii (flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Chariessa vestita (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnodemus sp. (chinch bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Draeculacephala sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Gryllodes sigillatus (tropical house cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria bifilata (white-barred emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Meskea dyspteraria (window-winged moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mompha eloisella (red-streaked mompha moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Monopis crocicapitella (bird nest moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (plume moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumesosoma sp. (harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxyopes salticus (striped lynx, male & female)
photo by Val Bugh


Scytodes sp. (spitting spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus detrimentosus (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), previous evening during light setup
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Slug (Limax flavus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema mexicana  Mexican Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Wallengrenia othos  Southern Broken-dash
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Cobubatha dividua  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Metria amella  Live Oak Metria
        Eubolina impartialis  Moonseed Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Virbia sp.  Moth
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Rindgea disparcata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (adult & larva)
        Eupithecia longidens  Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
        Arta olivalis  Arta Moth
      tortricidae  Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Eucosma matutina  Leafroller Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller Moth
        Cenopis pettitana  Maple-basswood Leafroller Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha eloisella  Red-streaked Mompha Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Unknown sp.  Plume Moth (larva)
      thyrididae  Meskea dyspteraria  Window-winged Moth
      tineidae  Monopis crocicapitella  Bird Nest Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Chilocorus sp.  Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle (larva)
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Euphoria kernii  Flower Scarab
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      elateridae  Melanotus sp.  Click Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera neglecta  Metallic Woodborer
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      cleridae  Chariessa vestita  Checkered Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      blissidae  Ischnodemus sp.  Chinch Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leafcutter Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      muscidae  Helina sp.  Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma basidens  Double-striped Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllodes sigillatus  Tropical House Cricket
        Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Araneus detrimentosus  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      scytodidae  Scytodes sp.  Spitting Spider

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