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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Six people conducted this week's survey. The weather was warm and mostly cloudy. We thought the Coral Snake was exciting, but later learned of the Patchnose Snake helping itself to a clutch of lizard eggs in the Display Gardens. The dead caterpillar with the fuzz underneath is the victim of wasps, which dined on it as larvae and are now pupating in their cocoons in that lacy mass. The Scale Insect shown below (with an Acrobat Ant consuming the honeydew it is producing) is currently rather common on Cedar Elm. They look sort of like globs of moldy gum attached to the twigs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Perillus splendidus (predatory stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Phlegyas annulicrus (seed bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Apiomerus spissipes (bee assassin with honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (scale insect, with acrobat ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Spissistilus sp. (treehopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Boopedon gracile (graceful range grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug, cocoon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva, family thyrididae)
photo by Val Bugh


Kuschelina laeta (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Euplectrus sp. (wasp cocoons, under corpse of host caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Gasteruption sp. (gasteruptiid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon laying eggs into leaf miner larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Polygonia interrogationis (question mark)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypsosinga rubens (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabidosa rabida (rabid wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Micrurus fulvius tenere (Texas coral snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Salvadora grahamiae lineata (Texas patchnose snake eating egg)
photo by Joe Marcus

  • Birds:
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius tenere)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch (larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Himella fidelis  Faithful Quaker (larva)
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Acronicta rubricoma  Ruddy Dagger (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Spilosoma virginica  Virginia Tiger Moth (larva)
      thyrididae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Adelphia petrella  Moth
        Arta sp.  Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
        Ephestiodes infimella  Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
      tortricidae  Endothenia hebesana  Dull-barred Endothenia
      pterophoridae  Unknown sp.  Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (cocoon)
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
        Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Kuschelina laeta  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Cryptocephalus notatus  Leaf Beetle
        Babia quadriguttata  Leaf Beetle
        Brachypnoea lecontei  Leaf Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Chrysolina auripennis  Leaf Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle (larva)
      cerambycidae  Rhopalophora sp.  Long-horned Beetle
        Typocerus sinuatus  Flower Longhorn
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus verbasci  Carpet Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Isomira sp.  Darkling Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas annulicrus  Seed Bug
      tingidae  Gargaphia sp.  Lace Bug
      reduviidae  Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Oncocephalus sp.  Assassin Bug
      miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Perillus splendidus  Predatory Stink Bug
        Menecles portacrus  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Prairiana orizaba  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Spissistilus sp.  Treehopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      coccidae  Unknown sp.  Scale
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      gasteruptiidae  Gasteruption sp.  Gasteruptiid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (adult & cocoon)
      eulophidae  Euplectrus sp.  Wasp (cocoons)
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Neacreotrichus sp.  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper (nymph)
        Arphia xanthoptera  Autumn Yellow-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Amblycorypha sp.  False Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
        Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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