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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Partly cloudy skies and breezy conditions kept the temperature from rising too quickly on this survey. We had seven participants. There were a good number of spiders; one of particular interest was the Dotted Wolf Spider. The dots are on the spider's belly, so we put our unhappy subject in a jar in order to see this feature. The poor beast was probably quite relieved that we later released it.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider, male with 3 missing legs)
photo by Val Bugh


Melitara junctolineella (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastictis fracturalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (hemipteran eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Graphisurus trangulifera (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Melipotis cellaris (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncerometopus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pisaurina mira (nursery web spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ensign scale, females with attached egg sacs and nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Copaeodes aurantiaca (orange skipperling)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes australis (southern spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudosermyle strigata (walkingstick, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopepla semivittata (stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabidosa punctulata (dotted wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
    Meadowlark (Sturnella sp.)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer tracks (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult, pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-Skipper (larva)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Mocis marcida  Moth
        Thioptera nigrofimbria  Black-bordered Lemon Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Parapoynx obscuralis  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Elasmopalpus lignosellus  Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth
        Melitara junctolineella  Cactus Borer Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      cerambycidae  Graphisurus triangulifer  Longhorn Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
      curculionidae  Unknown sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus sp.  Assassin Bug (eggs)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Brochymena sp.  Predatory Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug (nymph)
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Bug (eggs)
      scutelleridae  Unknown sp.  Shield Bug
      miridae  Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid
      margarodidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale
      ortheziidae  Unknown sp.  Ensign Scale
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect
      cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (nymph)

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
        Poecilopompilus sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      ulidiidae  Stictomyia longicornis  Picture-winged Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Phaedrotettix concinnus  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    phasmatodea  heteronemiidae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walkingstick

    neuroptera  hemerobiidae  Unknown sp.  Brown Lacewing
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & eggs)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa punctulata  Dotted Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver
      pisauridae  Pisaurina mira  Nursery Web Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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