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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight people conducted this week's survey on a very warm, sunny morning. Despite what seemed like optimum conditions, there were relatively few butterflies. Finding three different kinds of snakes (see list below) was certainly a treat. The Eastern Carpenter Bee pictured here was engaged in a behavior called "nectar stealing." Instead of entering the flower through the area with stamens and pistil to get to its reward, the bee simply bites into the base of the flower, obtaining food without doing any pollinating.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Glena quinquelinearia (five-lined glena)
photo by Val Bugh


Cudonigera houstonana (juniper budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Fissicrambus profanellus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Bagisara rectifascia (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lochmaeus manteo (variable oakleaf caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes texana (Texan crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia immunda (Kiowa dancer, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia fumipennis (variable dancer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Unknown sp. (signal fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemognatha sp. (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota tenuicostatis (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera ornatoides (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Dalquestia formosa (harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Storeria dekayi texana (Texas Brown Snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Titmouse (Baeolophus sp.)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius tenere)
    Texas Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi texana)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps), tadpole
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpole

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
        Bagisara rectifascia  Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
        Lochmaeus manteo  Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
      crambidae  Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes infimella  Moth
        Ephestiodes gilvescentella  Dusky Raisin Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
      coleophoridae  Unknown sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multicolored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
        Pyrota tenuicostatis  Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Cylindrocopturus sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      pseudococcidae  Phenacoccus sp.  Mealybug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes aurifer  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
      sphecidae  Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      platystomatidae  Unknown sp.  Signal Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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