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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

This was the first survey in quite some time to begin with clear skies. Our party of eight enjoyed cool temperatures throughout the morning. The cuckoo bee shown below was still in its sleeping position: holding onto the grass stem with its jaws. Cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of solitary bees rather than collecting their own pollen and so have almost no hair on their bodies. The newly molted leafhopper (shown next to its old skin), will darken considerably as it dries out.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Acrolophus griseus (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Malacosoma disstria (forest tent caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria zygotaria (emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch, with blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Glyphipterix circumscriptella (sedge moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Geina sp. (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (camouflaged looper, adorned with bluebonnet blossom bits)
photo by Val Bugh


Phosphila miselioides (spotted phosphila, a noctuid moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia plana (springwater dancer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Triepeolus sp. (cuckoo bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Megischus bicolor (stephanid wasp, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Microcentrum rhombifolium (greater anglewing, katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptomantispa pulchella (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Neacoryphus lateralis (seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Podisus maculiventris (predatory stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider, very young)
photo by Val Bugh


Aphonopelma sp. (tarantula)
photo by Val Bugh


Cuerna costalis (leafhopper, just molted)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Titmouse (Baeolophus sp.)
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), deceased

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles & adult
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      lycaenidae  Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
        Catocala similis  Similar Underwing
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
        Acronicta rubricoma  Ruddy Dagger (larva)
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar
      lasiocampidae  Malacosoma disstria  Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
      crambidae  Desmia subdivisalis  Moth
        Loxostege allectalis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      tortricidae  Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva pustulella  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      pterophoridae  Geina sp.  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Pseudotelphusa sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      glyphipterigidae  Glyphipterix circumscriptella  Sedge Moth
      coleophoridae  Holcocera sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Chilocorus stigma  Twice-stabbed Ladybird (adult & pupa)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      carabidae  Plochionus timidus  Ground Beetle
      oedemeridae  Oxycopis mimetica  False Blister Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      languriidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      bostrichidae  Lichenophanes bicornis  Horned Powder-post Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Drymus crassus  Seed Bug
      lygaeidae  Neacoryphus lateralis  Seed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Melanolestes picipes  Black Corsair
      miridae  Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Spissistilus sp.  Treehopper
      issidae  Thionia sp.  Planthopper (nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Triepeolus sp.  Cuckoo Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Anthidiellum sp.  Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Parazumia symmorpha  Mason Wasp
        Monobia quadridens  Mason Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      bethylidae  Unknown sp.  Bethylid Wasp
      stephanidae  Megischus bicolor  Stephanid Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (cocoons)
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes sinuosa  Bee Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum unipunctatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly (pupa)
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda plumipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Juriniopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick (nymph)

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Leptomantispa pulchella  Mantisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula

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