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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The threat of rain didn't stop our party of three, but we did all keep umbrellas/rain coats with us. The mosquitoes were the biggest challenge. However, two impressive sightings made the effort worthwhile: a pair of mating Giant Walkingsticks (the female is the largest member of this insect group), and a Swamp Darner that rested momentarily in the archway between the library and administration buildings. This dragonfly (one of the largest in the U.S.) is not common in our area but is known to enter doors and windows, which are probably similar to its usual shady roosting areas.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phidippus audax (bold jumper, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus carolinensis (Carolina jumper, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Aethiophysa dualis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Epiaeschna heros (swamp darner)
photo by Val Bugh


Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ant, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon, subfamily campopleginae)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ladybug eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid, female on window)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Lygaeus kalmii (small milkweed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


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


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


Rabdotus sp. (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Megaphasma denticrus (giant walkingsticks mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Bufo valliceps (Gulf coast toad)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (leafroller on grape, family tortricidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket, female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Amphibians:
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Land Snail (Catinella avara)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
        Aethiophysa dualis  Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      aeshnidae  Epiaeschna heros  Swamp Darner

    diptera  culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle eggs
      carabidae  Pasimachus depressus  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Cylindrocopturus sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      coreidae  Anasa tristis  Squash Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Tinobregmus vittatus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper

    hymenoptera  formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    phasmatodea  heteronemiidae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
      miturgidae  Unknown sp.  Sac Spider (retreat)

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