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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five people enjoyed a cold and sunny morning during this week's survey. All insects must molt in order to grow, and the tiny sharpshooter shown below is no exception. As is typical, the old skin splits down the top of the thorax and the insect pushes its way out backwards, pulling its legs out last. In this photo, the white and yellowish colored sharpshooter has just started to emerge from the old brown skin; its head is still not even free.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Homalodisca sp. (sharpshooter nymph molting)
photo by Val Bugh


Macrosteles sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Homaemus proteus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (sac spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum marginatum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Diapheromera sp. (walkingstick, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur caterpillar)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Emmelina monodactyla (morning glory plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aon noctuiformis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scopula umbilicata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Colias eurytheme (orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Scopula umbilicata  Moth
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
        Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Gerstaeckeria sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Macrosteles sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca sp.  Sharpshooter
      psyllidae  Unknown sp.  Psyllid
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes americanus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walkingstick

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  miturgidae  Unknown sp.  Sac Spider

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