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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was warm and sunny as a team of nine completed this week's survey. While central Texas is known for having a number of rare endemic aquatic salamanders, the Slimy Salamander shown below is more widespread. It belongs to a family called the lungless salamanders and breathes through its skin, which is coated with a very adhesive mucous.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Plethodon albagula (western slimy salamander)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mangora sp. (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes alacer (plateau spreadwing)
photo by Dan Zinn


Anelaphus parallelus (oak twig pruner)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's hawk)
photo by Glenna Hemphill


Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (midge)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca americana (American bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Psychomorpha epimenis (grapevine epimenis)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Anaea aidea (tropical leafwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Glenna Hemphill


Pontia protodice (checkered white)
photo by Val Bugh


Disholcaspis sp. (gall wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Brachygastra mellifica (Mexican honey wasp nest)
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)
    Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    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)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) adult & tadpoles
    Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Velvet Mite (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Peridroma saucia  Pearly Underwing
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Metria amella  Live Oak Metria
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Hypomecis umbrosaria  Umber Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      tortricidae  Chimoptesis pennsylvaniana  Filigreed Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
      nolidae  Meganola minuscula  Confused Meganola
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Anelaphus parallelus  Oak Twig Pruner
        Placosternus difficilis  Longhorn Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia ribifloris  Mason Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp (old nest)
      cynipidae  Disholcaspis sp.  Gall Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant (male)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora sp.  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Bassaniana sp.  Crab Spider

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