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Another warm, muggy morning greeted our party of five. There was enough cloud cover to make photography a challenge, but the sun appeared occasionally to help heat things up. One of the highlights was watching a blister beetle feeding on Basket Flower. The mandibles of this beetle are modified into two long structures that allow the insect to feed on nectar much like butterflies. Another interesting creature that is relatively common this spring is the pink form of an Acanloniid planthopper. These are usually green.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Acanalonia conica (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Acanalonia parva (planthopper, pink color form)
photo by Val Bugh

Macrocephalus sp. (ambush bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Anasa tristis (squash bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Nemognatha sp. (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

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

Misumenops sp. (crab spider eating hackberry emperor)
photo by Val Bugh

Cuerna costalis (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail, red color form female)
photo by Val Bugh

Gyponana sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Keltonia tuckeri (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Pelegrina galathea (peppered jumper, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Erythemis simplicicollis (eastern pondhawk, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Euerythra phasma (red-tailed specter)
photo by Val Bugh

Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Thionia elliptica (planthopper in the family Issidae)
photo by Val Bugh

Thyanta custator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

  • Amphibians:
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Euerythra phasma  Red-tailed Specter
        Spilosoma virginica  Virginia Tiger Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Hippia packardii  Prominent (larva)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      pyralidae  Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm
      tortricidae  Cochylis sp.  Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner (exuviae)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Griburius sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Chrysomela texana  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
      mordellidae  Mordella marginata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Macrocephalus sp.  Ambush Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      miridae  Keltonia tuckeri  Plant Bug
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      hydrometridae  Hydrometra sp.  Marsh Treader
      coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      pentatomidae  Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
        Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Paraidemona sp.  Spurthroat Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Unknown sp.  Pygmy Grasshopper (nymph)

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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