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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was delightfully cool and partly sunny as seven volunteers completed the first survey of the season. As we continue our observations and add them to the database, now into the ninth year, we frequently note species appearing annually at almost the same time. One example is the leafroller moth shown below, which seems to be a February specialty.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Ceratina cobaltina (small carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Compsocryptus sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (stone centipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Aniulus sp. (julid millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Abacion sp. (crested millipede)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh


Costaconvexa centrostrigaria (bent-line carpet)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Paleacrita vernata (spring cankerworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta laticlavia (southern purple mint moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Epinotia celtisana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Synageles sp. (ant-mimic jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Pardosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizocosa mccooki (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Agabus disintegratus (predaceous water beetle)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Largus sp. (largus bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Mormidea lugens (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus femurrubrum (red-legged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (rams-horn snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombycilla cedrorum (cedar waxwing)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Crested Millipede (Abacion sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Scud (Unknown sp.)
    Leech (Unknown sp.), egg case
    Rams-Horn Snail (Unknown spp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Paleacrita vernata  Spring Cankerworm
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      tortricidae  Epinotia celtisana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      dytiscidae  Agabus disintegratus  Predaceous Diving Beetle

    hemiptera  largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      pentatomidae  Mormidea lugens  Stink Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Ceratina cobaltina  Small Carpenter Bee
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant (alate)
      ichneumonidae  Compsocryptus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge (larva)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Synageles sp.  Ant-mimic Jumping Spider
      gnaphosidae  Drassyllus sp.  Ground Spider
      lycosidae  Schizocosa mccooki  Wolf Spider
        Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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