Inhabitants & Visitors (2003-present)

 Cooper's Hawk ( Accipiter cooperii ), immature, 2018

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), immature, 2018

Everything that moves in we make welcome, whether it is a plant or an animal. To me, it is an ideal garden...you feel part of nature.
— Gerald Durrel, A Practical Guide for The Amateur Naturalist

Mammals

  • Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus
  • Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
  • Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)*
  • Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
  • Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda)*
  • Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
  • Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
  • Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
  • Feral Cat (Felis catus)
  • Human (Homo sapiens)

Birds 

  • Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)*
  • Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
  • Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
  • House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
  • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  • Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
  • Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
  • Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
  • House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
  • Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
  • Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
  • Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
  • Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
  • Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
  • European House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
  • Common Yellow Throat (Geothlypis trichas)*
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)*
  • Mallard Duck - female with young (Anas platyrhynchos)*

Amphibians

  • Eastern American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus americanus)
  • Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Fish

  • Comet Fan-tailed Goldfish (Carassius auratus)

Mollusks

  • Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Cipangopaludina malleata)
  • Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius)
  • Leopard Slug (Limax Maximus)

Insects, Spiders & Other Small Invertebrates

  • Dragonflies (Odonata) - host pond for aquatic nymphs
  • Damselflies (Odonata) - host pond for aquatic nymphs
  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - host plants for reproduction
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) - host plants for reproduction
  • Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) - host plants for reproduction
  • Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
  • Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
  • Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius)
  • Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
  • Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
  • Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
  • Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
  • Eastern-tailed Blue (Cupido comyntas)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
  • Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)*
  • Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea)
  • Pyrausta Rubricalis Moth (Pyrausta rubricalis)
  • Common Looper Moth (Autographa precationis)
  • Pill Bug (Armadillidium vulgare)
  • House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata)
  • Garden Centipede (Lithobius forficatus)
  • Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
  • Flat-backed Millipede (Polydesmus angustus)
  • Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)
  • June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)
  • Ladybird Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)
  • Twice-stabbed Stink Bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana)
  • Two-marked Treehopper (Enchenopa binotata)
  • Red-banded Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)
  • Rhododenron Leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi)
  • Planthopper Nymph (Acanalonia servillei)
  • Pennsylvania Firefly (Photuris pennsylvanica)
  • Common Eastern Firefly (Photinus pyralis)
  • Black Firefly (Lucidota atra)
  • Click Beetle (Deltometopus amoenicornis)
  • Dobsonfly (Corydalinae)*
  • Ants (Formicidae)
  • Pavement Ant (Tetramorium caespitum)
  • Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
  • Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus)
  • Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons)
  • Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)
  • Columbine Leafminer (Phytomyza aquilegivora)
  • Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus)
  • Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii)
  • Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)
  • Leafhoppers (Cercopoidea)
  • Grasshoppers & Crickets (Caelifera)
  • Robber Flies (Asilidae)
  • Grass Spiders (Agelenopsis)
  • Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)*
  • Woodlouse Hunter (Dysdera crocata)
  • Orchard Spider (Leucauge venusta)
  • Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona crucifera)
  • Long-jawed Orbweaver (Tetragnathidae)
  • Longlegged Sac Spider (Cheiracanthium mildei)
  • Longbodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)
  • Bronze Jumper (Eris militaris)
  • Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax)
  • Zebra Jumper (Salticus scenicus)
  • Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis)
  • Easter Cicada Killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus)
  • Linne's Cicada (Neotibicen linnei)
  • Eastern Scissor Grinder Cicada (Neotibicen winnemanna)
  • Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
  • Red-headed Ash Borer (Neoclytus acuminatus)
  • Green Lacewings (Chrysopidae)
  • Great Black Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)
  • Hover Flies (Syrphidae)
  • Ambush Bugs (Phymatinae)
  • Ambush Bug (Phymata pacifica)
  • Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia)
  • Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)
  • Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)
  • Honeysuckle Aphid (Hydaphis tataricae)
  • Bess Beetles (Passalidae)
  • Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons)
  • Earthworms (Annelida)
  • Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
  • Smaller Water Strider (Microvelia spp.)
  • Grapevine Beetle (Pelidnota punctata)
  • Broad-headed Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona)*
  • Plume Moths (Pterophoridae)
  • Tumbling Flower Beetle (Mordellidae)
  • Assassin Bug (Pselliopus cinctus)
  • Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus lineolaris)
  • Lace Bugs (Corythucha spp.)

*denotes a single observation


These lists represent an ongoing survey of The Garden at Two Gates