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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This survey was a repeat of last weeks' in two respects: Six participants and a cool sunny morning which quickly warmed up. This time we noted a large number of true bugs and some beetles with tachinid fly eggs on them. One is pictured below. The maggot that hatches out of the egg will eat the insides of its victim, starting with nonessential tissues so that the insect stays alive long enough for the maggot to complete its development. We also watched a grasshopper laying her eggs in one of the garden paths. She noticed us and raised her back legs (with their spines) into a defensive position.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala declivis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus sp. (leaf-footed bug eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Euschistus sp. (stinkbug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus phyllopus (leaf-footed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Cuerna costalis (leafhopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Merocoris distinctus (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper ovipositing)
photo by Val Bugh


Mimetus sp. (pirate spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Stiria intermixta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly egg on darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Eucosma consobrinana (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Trepobaris sp. (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult, pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-Skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Stiria intermixta  Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
      crambidae  Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Pyrausta tyralis  Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      tortricidae  Eucosma consobrinana  Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Unknown sp.  Scarab (grub)
      curculionidae  Trepobaris sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (eggs)
        Merocoris distinctus  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Bug (nymph)
        Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
        Phylloscelis atra  Black Leaf-leg
      cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Large Carpenter Bee

    diptera  tachinidae  Belvosia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly (eggs)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  hemerobiidae  Unknown sp.  Brown Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      linyphiidae  Unknown sp.  Dwarf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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