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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The extra Saturday survey had only one participant, but the weather was splendid (sunny and mild), and the animals were interesting. One highlight was seeing a fishing spider attack a great purple hairstreak that was resting too close to the water in the big pond. Another was observing a honey bee with pollinia (pollen sacs) attached to its legs as it fed on the blossoms of antelope horns. The sunshine brought out numerous insects that were found warming themselves on leaves after a cool night.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Mexicomiris texanus (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Calliphora sp. (blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Malalgus sp. (borer)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug cocoon)
photo by Val Bugh


Cyclosa turbinata (trashline orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia plana (springwater dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Episemasia cervinaria (inchworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Asphaera lustrans (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (ermine moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Attalus sp. (soft-winged flower beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthomyia sp. (root maggot fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Proxys punctulatus (black stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache aprica (exposed bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolomedes triton (fishing spider with great purple hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Wulfila sp. (ghost spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Crambodes talidiformis  Verbena Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (larva)
        Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
        Spilosoma dubia  Dubious Tiger Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Episemasia cervinaria  Inchworm
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
      coleophoridae  Mompha sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Ermine Moth (adult & larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva & cocoon)
      elachistidae  Antaeotricha lindseyi  Bird-dropping Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea nanina  Oak Slug Moth
      tortricidae  Argyrotaenia quercifoliana  Leafroller Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      coenagrionidae  Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    diptera  syrphidae  Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      scathophagidae  Scathophaga stercoraria  Dung Fly
      stratiomyidae  Unknown sp.  Soldier Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      calliphoridae  Calliphora sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      anthomyiidae  Anthomyia sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      melyridae  Attalus sp.  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      bostrichidae  Melalgus sp.  Borer

    hemiptera  miridae  Neurocolpus nubilus  Plant Bug (nymph & adult)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Bug (nymph)
        Mexicomiris texanus  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug
      coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug

    homoptera  aleyrodidae  Tetraleurodes  whitefly (nymph & adult)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
      acrididae  Lactista azteca  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)

    araneae  linyphiidae  Neriene radiata  Filmy Dome Spider
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      anyphaenidae  Wulfila sp.  Ghost Spider
      pisauridae  Dolomedes triton  Fishing Spider
      salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper

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