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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A delighfully cool, breezy and sunny morning greeted our five participants this week. A Cloudless Sulphur was seen laying eggs on the Partridge Pea in the Butterfly Garden. The Mud Dauber that, in the photo below, appears to be standing on her head is actually gathering mud for her nest. Weevils in the genus Naupactus are parthenogenic; there are only females and they reproduce without males.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Belvosia sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blues mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (leaf beetle eggs on jimsonweed)
photo by Val Bugh


Lema conjuncta (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acris crepitans blanchardi (Blanchard's cricket frog)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx with egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceliphron caementarium (yellow-and-black mud dauber)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthemis ferruginea (roseate skimmer, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur egg on partridge pea)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopoda sp. (feather-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Naupactus sp. (white-fringed weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Gladicosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Amphibians:
    Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & egg)
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
      noctuidae  Nigetia formosalis  Thin-winged Owlet
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa
        Acronicta vinnula  Delightful Dagger
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
        Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      tortricidae  Pseudogalleria inimicella  Inimical Borer Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Herpetogramma phaeopteralis  Dusky Herpetogramma
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia nigricomma  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Idaea furciferata  Notch-winged Wave

    odonata  libellulidae  Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Naupactus sp.  White-fringed Weevil
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema conjuncta  Leaf Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Leaf Beetle (eggs)

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (egg)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (eggs)
        Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis illinoisensis  Grape Aphid

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex pennsylvanica  Great Black Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Belvosia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda plumipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Trichopoda sp.  Feather-legged Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus punctulatus  Pinetree Spurthroat
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & eggs)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      lycosidae  Gladicosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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