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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although it was a cold and windy morning, the sun quickly warmed up our five participants. Due to the low morning temperature, many flying insects, such as bees, flies, butterflies and even a dragonfly, were found perfectly still; we could finally get a good look at them! Instead of seeing Southern Yellowjacket workers (females) as on previous surveys, this time we noted more males, which are a bit bigger and have slightly larger and longer bodies.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Acmaeodera scalaris (metalic wood-boring beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anax junius (common green darner, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Bicyrtes ventralis (sand wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Bothrotes sp. (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Calocoris barberi (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Euphyes vestris (dun skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem and long-horned bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (large lepidopteran egg found on live oak)
photo by Val Bugh


Hibana sp. (ghost spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Stragania robusta (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca damnifica (mischievous bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (millipede, order Julida)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug eating fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva & eggs)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Moth (egg)
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Labidomera clivicollis  Milkweed Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera scalaris  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Bothrotes sp.  Darkling Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Edessa bifida  Stink Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cicadellidae  Stragania robusta  Leafhopper
        Jikradia olitoria  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes ventralis  Sand Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Sweat Bee

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

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

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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