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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven volunteers braved the sauna-like weather this time. The day began foggy and, although the sun came out, the humidity felt like it stayed at 100% all morning. Mosquitoes were ravenous and numerous! The highlight this time was the emergence of a Two-tailed Swallowtail in the Insectary. We were treated to a close-up look at this perfect beauty before its release.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Psorophora ciliata (gallinipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Aphis illinoisensis (grape aphids)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydosia aurivitta (straight-lined cydosia)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha vitis (vine sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko)
photo by Val Bugh


Pimaphera percata (moth, family Geometridae)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca sexta (Carolina sphinx larva or tobacco hornworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx with plebeian sphinx moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus flabellatus (spur-throated grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Niesthrea louisianica (scentless plant bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia chrysellus (broomweed flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Angustipes ameghini (black-velvet leatherleaf slug)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopepla semivittata (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale lunata (lunate zale larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thyryomanes ludovicianus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Mollusks:
    Black-velvet Leatherleaf Slug (Angustipes ameghini)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Harvestman (unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Zale lunata  Lunate Zale (larva)
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Cydosia aurivitta  Straight-lined Cydosia
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
        Paratraea plebeja  Plebeian Sphinx
        Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva pustulella  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosmodes new species  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
        Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      carabidae  Lebia pulchella  Ground Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Black Blister Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Scarab

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      scutelleridae  Unknown sp.  Shield Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis illinoisensis  Grape Aphid

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
        Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Psorophora ciliata  Gallinipper

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Spurthroated Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theriidae  Argyrodes nephilae  Silver Dewdrop Spider

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