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Clouds kept the temperature from soaring this morning and our group of three certainly enjoyed the relatively comfortable conditions. We noted several male bumble bees (along with the usual female workers). These are easily recognizable by their lack of pollen baskets. Spider wasps dealing with their prey (food for their progeny) provided some fascinating wildlife viewing. The first picture below is an example of one of the best ant mimics among insects.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh

Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp with Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

Poecilopompilus interruptus (spider wasp with orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

Misumenops sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (long-horned bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Eustala sp. (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko)
photo by Val Bugh

Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh

Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Danaus gilippus (queen, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Tibicen texanus (cicada)
photo by Val Bugh

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

  • Birds:
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper (larva)
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Auplopus mellipes  Spider Wasp
        Poecilopompilus interruptus  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Long-horned Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Spharagemon cristatum  Ridgeback Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      theriidae  Argyrodes nephilae  Silver Dewdrop Spider

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