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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The theme this time was "cold butterflies." Nine people participated in this chilly morning survey, the last of 2010. Finding camel crickets on the archway ceiling was a surprise, as they usually remain in subterranean lairs. An interesting, albeit tiny, find was the torymid wasp on a mantis egg case. These tiny parasitoids lay their eggs within those of the mantis. The female's ovipositor is as long as her body!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black & yellow garden spider, located in archway)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Hogna carolinensis (Carolina wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Euacidalia quakerata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lithophane lemmeri (pinion)
photo by Val Bugh


Udea rubigalis (celery leaftier moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Aspidiotus nerii (oleander scale)
photo by Val Bugh


Phytocoris sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Polymerus basalis (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (torymid wasp, subfamily monodontomerinae, on mantis egg case)
photo by Val Bugh


Rumina decollata (decollate snail, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Styloxus fulleri (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (katydid eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceuthophilus sp. (camel cricket)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Misc.:
    Decollate Snail (Rumina decollata)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Millipede (order julida)
    Stone Centipede (family lithobiidae)
    Harvestman (family phalangiidae)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Lithophane lemmeri  Pinion
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Salt Marsh Caterpillar
      geometridae  Euacidalia quakerata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm Cocoon

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Long-horned Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
      diaspididae  Aspidiotus nerii  Oleander Scale

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Unknown sp.  Katydid (eggs)

    dermaptera  carcinophoridae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
        Hogna carolinensis  Carolina Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Thanatus sp.  Running Crab Spider

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