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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a hot and muggy morning, with scant cloud cover for occasional relief. Four participants braved the heat this time. Many of the blooming flowers were attracting insects, but most notable were the Kidneywood in the Butterfly Garden and the Scorpion Tail in the Display Gardens. The Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars in the Oculus Beds are growing quickly; in just one week they went from eggs to inch-long larvae.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (ants)
photo by Val Bugh


Apiomerus spissipes (bee assassin, eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (wasp, family Chalcididae)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Trielis octomaculata (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Thermonectus basillaris (predaceous diving beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Colias cesonia (southern dogface)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphaenothecus bivittata (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Dicromantispa interrupta (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Tramea onusta (red saddlebags)
photo by Val Bugh


Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Emesaya brevipennis (thread-legged bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


unknown sp. (moth, family Tortricidae)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    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
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
      pieridae  Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      sphingidae  Xylophanes tersa  Tersa Sphinx
      geometridae  Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper
      pyralidae  Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosmodes new species  Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Moth

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      dytiscidae  Thermonectus basillaris  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph & eggs)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  coccidae  Unknown sp.  Scale
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex pennsylvanica  Great Black Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Unknown sp.  Ant
        Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      scoliidae  Trielis octomaculata  Scoliid Wasp
      chalcididae  Unknown sp.  Chalcid Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Anthophora abrupta  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Pseudodorus clavatus  Flower Fly (larva & pupa)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Dicromantispa interrupta  Mantisfly
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & egg)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      theriidae  Argyrodes nephilae  Silver Dewdrop Spider

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