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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A chilly, sunny morning quickly warmed up during this one-person survey. Not many bee species mate in the vicinity of flowers, probably because male bees are very aggressive towards each other and will try to disrupt mating pairs. Immediately after the photo below was taken, the approaching bee pulled the male off and they fell to the ground in a wrestling match. One then flew away and the other followed.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anthidiellum notatum (megachilid bees)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum corruptum (variegated meadowhawk eating cixiid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetles)
photo by Val Bugh


Epicauta pennsylvanica (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Neotephritis finalis (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ants eating dead gecko)
photo by Val Bugh


Trypanalebra maculata (leafhoppers)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha fasciata (banded sphinx caterpillars)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia zelleriella (Zeller's ethmia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Alberada parabates (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Domestic Cat (Felis domesticus)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      sphingidae  Eumorpha fasciata  Banded Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes infimella  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia

    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

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
      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
        Triepeolus sp.  Cuckoo Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acriridae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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