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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five people conducted this week's survey. The weather was sunny, breezy, and mild. Although the harvestman shown below looks like a spider, it is not closely related. Unlike spiders, harvestmen have only one main body segment (not two), and do not produce venom or silk.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Peucetia viridans (green lynx, eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Dalquestia formosa (harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Neodiplocampta sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemipenthes scylla (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Villa lateralis (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysopa quadripunctata (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Mimosestes amicus (seed weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Campylacantha olivacea (fuzzy olive-green grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Narnia femorata (cactus bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Aeolothrips sp. (predatory thrips, almost 2 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (eupelmid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchromius ocelleus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Woodpecker (Melanerpes sp.)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      bruchidae  Mimosestes amicus  Seed Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      anthribidae  Toxonotus cornutus  Fungus Weevil
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      notonectidae  Buenoa sp.  Backswimmer

    homoptera  aphididae  Unknown sp.  Oleander Aphid
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Long-horned Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      eupelmidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Neodiplocampta sp.  Bee Fly
        Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Campiglossa sp.  Fruit Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      libellulidae  Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acriridae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      chrysopidae  Chrysopa quadripunctata  Green Lacewing

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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