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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although the high temperature and humidity under cloudless skies made it uncomfortable, our group of six enjoyed some interesting sightings. Glowworms are uncommon and unusual beetles; the females remain larva-like even at maturity, while the males have ornate antennae and large eyes. Females and larvae feed on millipedes, while the adult males do not feed at all. Another rarely seen insect is the Sand Cricket, or Pygmy Mole Cricket. In spite of the name, it is more closely related to grasshoppers.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anavitrinella atristrigaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Iridopsis defectaria (brown-shaded gray moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (puss caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Vitacea admiranda (clearwing moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemipenthes celeris (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cylas formicarius (sweet potato weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Trigonorhinus limbatus (fungus weevils)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllophaga sp. (June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phengodes sp. (glowworm, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Ozophora picturata (seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus sp. (leaf-footed bug eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Tridactylus apicalis (larger sand cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus sp. (spur-throated grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner's shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Opheodrys aestivus (Texas spiny lizard, baby)
photo by Val Bugh


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    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)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpole

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
      hesperiidae  Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper (larva & egg)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (egg)
        Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Puss Caterpillar
      crambidae  Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
      sesiidae  Vitacea admiranda  Clearwing Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Griburius sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Anomoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
        Lepturges angulatus  Long-horned Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm (male)
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (eggs)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (eggs)
      rhyparochromidae  Froeschneria piligera  Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug
        Cosmopepla lintneriana  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
        Auplopus mellipes  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant (alate)
        Unknown sp.  Ant (alate)

    diptera  syrphidae  Pseudodorus clavatus  Flower Fly (pupa)
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hoplitimyia constans  Soldier Fly

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

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tridactylidae  Tridactylus apicalis  Larger Sand Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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