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)

  • Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)*

  • 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)

  • Grapeleaf Skeletonizer (Harrisina americana)

  • Evergreen Bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)*

  • Brown-hooded Owlet (Cucullia convexipennis)*

  • 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)

  • Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata pennsylvanica)

  • 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