And here, in no particular order, I’m recording a long, straggling list of things that I have found in my garden. Birds, bugs, a few plants—the Infamous Lawn Crayfish—mammals and reptiles and amphibians, oh my! In no particular order, and with occasional scientific names. (My personal rule of thumb is that I should have at least a genus on the bugs before I’ll list it, although a few come in such wild variation that I just note “Jumping spider spp.” and call it good.)

The information here may well be of no use to anyone but me, but what I’m really hoping to do is show, in a small, rambling way, that even one garden holds an unbelievable number of species. (Over 160, at the time this page was created.) It is, as I write here, my hedge against despair.



Grapevine Beetle

Red-tailed hawk
Dark-Eyed Juncos
Pileated woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
Blue jay
Carolina wren
Willow flycatcher
Mourning dove
Pine warbler
Carolina chickadee
Summer tanager
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Brown thrasher
Hermit thrush
Brown creeper
White-breasted nuthatch
Red-breasted nuthatch
Ruby-throated hummingbird
American redstart
White throated sparrow
House finch
Purple finch
Winter wren
Eastern towhee
American robin


Probably a Pickerel Frog

Blue gray gnatcatcher
Red-shouldered hawk
Downy woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Red-eyed vireo
Chipping sparrow
Great crested flycatcher
Blue grosbeak
Eastern phoebe
Hooded warbler
Yellow-billed cuckoo
Wood thrush
Black-and-white warbler
Black vulture
Black-throated green warbler
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Cedar Waxwing
House wren
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
Turkey Vulture
Swainson’s thrush
Ruby crowned kinglet
Tundra swan
Yellow rumped warbler
Pine Siskin
Song sparrow
Nashville Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Northern Parula warbler
Brown-headed cowbird
Indigo bunting
Common grackle


I sting you!

Io moth caterpillar

Grey Squirrel
Red fox
White tailed deer
Vole spp?
Big Brown Bat

Reptiles & Amphibians
Ringnecked snake
Brown snake
Black rat snake
Southern toad
Cricket frog


Eastern Garter Snake

Chorus frog
Five-lined skink
Carolina anole
Broadhead skink
Fowler’s toad
Eastern pickerel frog
Eastern box turtle
Bronze frog
Gray’s tree frog
Ground skink
Spotted salamander
Leopard frog
Eastern red-spotted newt
Eastern garter snake
Eastern fence lizard



American Carrion Beetle Larvae

Butterflies & Moths
Tiger swallowtail (both forms)
American painted lady
Mourning cloak
Redspotted purple
Spring azure
Pearl crescent
Silver spotted skipper
Red admiral
Carolina satyr
Falcate orangetip
Cabbage white
Cloudless sulphur
Orange sulphur
Variegated frittilary
Eastern tailed blue
Spicebush swallowtail
Tawny emperor
Question mark
Black swallowtail
Snowberry clearwing hawkmoth
Stinging rose caterpillar
Imperial moth
Luna moth
Great spangled fritillary
Tomato hornworm hawk-moth
Pipevine swallowtail
Gray hairstreak
Tiger moth (Apantesis spp.)
Rosy Maple Moth
Hoary Skipper
Tulip Tree Beauty Moth
Tulip Tree Silk Moth
Spotted Apatelodes Moth
Common roadside skipper


Carolina Anole

Dragonflies & Damselflies
Blue darter
Widow skimmer
Common whitetail dragonfly
Eastern pondhawk (female)
Ebony jewelwing
Blue dasher

Misc. Insects, Spiders, Etc
Click beetle
American Ladybug
Robber fly
Yellowjacket hoverfly
Bumble bee
Red velvet mite
Nursery Spider
Writing spider (Agriope aurantia)
Potter wasp
Flower Fly (Ocyptamus spp)
Four-Toothed Mason Wasp
Wolf spider
Huntsman spider
Orb weaver (probably Agriope spp.)
Jumping spider spp.
Dung beetle spp.
Black-and-yellow millipede
Predacious diving beetle


Arrowshaped Micrathena Spider

Longhorn flower beetle
American carrion beetle
Florida blue centipede
Scorpionfly (Panorpa spp.)
Hoverfly (Toxomerus geminatus)
Golden backed snipe fly
Sweat bee (Augochlorini spp.)
Horsefly (Tabanus spp.)