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Although the morning began cloudy, the sun eventually came out and heated things up quickly. Seven people participated this time. A number of unidentified Duskywing caterpillars found feasting on Barbados Cherry turned out to be Funereal Duskywings. These larvae normally eat legumes, but this additional host has been previously documented as well. Wasps in the genus Liris are known as Cricket Hunters, and the photo below shows one with its preferred prey. The paralyzed cricket will be buried alive after the wasp lays an egg on it. The grub that hatches out will then have a fresh source of meat.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Amphicerus bicaudatus (apple twig borer)
photo by Val Bugh

Lichenophanes bicornis (horned powder-post beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Chrysomela texana (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian ladybird, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Erynnis funeralis (funereal duskywing, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Acronicta rubricoma (ruddy dagger, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Alypia octomaculata (eight-spotted forester, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Telebasis salva (desert firetail)
photo by Val Bugh

Satyrium favonius (oak hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh

Liris sp. (cricket wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Tetragnatha laboriosa (silver longjawed orbweavers mating)
photo by Val Bugh

Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper eating longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Cuerna costalis (leafhopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Spissistilus sp. (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Val Bugh

Gymnosoma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Crocinosoma cornuale (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Hermetia chrysopila (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Arilus cristatus (wheel bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing (larva)
      noctuidae  Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth (larva)
        Acronicta rubricoma  Ruddy Dagger (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Speranza graphidaria  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Adelphia petrella  Moth
        Arta sp.  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
      tortricidae  Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
        Pseudexentera spoliana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Dull-barred Endothenia
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (adult, larva & pupa)
        Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird (adult & larva)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird (pupa)
      chrysomelidae  Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Rhabdopterus sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Chrysomela texana  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Rhopalophora sp.  Long-horned Beetle
        Typocerus sinuatus  Flower Longhorn
        Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Trichiotinus texanus  Texas Flower Scarab
      melyridae  Attalus rufiventris  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      cleridae  Isohydnocera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      bostrichidae  Amphicerus bicaudatus  Apple Twig Borer
        Lichenophanes bicornis  Horned Powder-post Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (egg)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      reduviidae  Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Oncocephalus sp.  Assassin Bug
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Plagiognathus sp.  Plant Bug
        Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
        Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Menecles portacrus  Stink Bug
        Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (hatchlings)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
      membracidae  Spissistilus sp.  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia sp.  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
        Anthophora abrupta  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Lithurgus sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      colletidae  Hylaeus sp.  Yellow-faced Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
      crabronidae  Liris sp.  Cricket Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male)

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia chrysopila  Soldier Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Euaresta sp.  Fruit Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Crocinosoma cornuale  Tachinid Fly
        Gymnosoma sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Unknown sp.  Dragonfly (exuviae)
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Grasshopper
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
        Conocephalus sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick (nymph)

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider

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