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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four people conducted this survey; temperatures were quite warm, humidity was high, and cloud cover was heavy. Without sunshine, butterfly activity remained relatively low, but we did see more different species of bees than had previously been noted. Assassin bugs and garden spiders were also numerous, while the saltmarsh caterpillars have disappeared.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anasa tristis (squash bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia immunda (Kiowa dancer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochroa ligata (conchuela hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydia membrosa (moth, family Tortricidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia tuberculata (robber fly, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (eggs, probably lepidopteran)
photo by Val Bugh


Amblycorypha huasteca (Texas false katydid, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Lithurgus sp. (bee, family Megachilidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Diadasia rinconis (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota tenuicostatis (red-margined blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudomops septentrionalis (pale-bordered field cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizura errucata (prominent moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Darapsa myron (Virginia creeper sphinx moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Bradybaena similaris (land snail, introduced species)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Otala lactea)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
        Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Hippia packardii  Prominent (larva)
        Schizura errucata  Prominent Moth
      geometridae  Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
        Darapsa myron  Virginia Creeper Sphinx
        Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      pyralidae  Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm
      crambidae  Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia membrosa  Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    diptera  tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      asilidae  Efferia tuerculata  Robber Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Longitarsus sp.  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (larva)
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
      scarabaeidae  Euphoria kerni  Flower Scarab
      meloidae  Pyrota tenuicostatis  Red-margined Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      pentatomidae  Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph & egg)
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
        Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Diadasia rinconis  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Lithurgus sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      sphecidae  Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Unknown sp.  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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