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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five people conducted this survey under mostly overcast skies and very hot, humid conditions. The Frilled Orbweaver shown below is an unusual spider that catches its prey (male moths) at night by releasing a chemical that imitates a female moth's pheromones. The insects fly right into the spider's clutches! The Golden Tortoise Beetle is usually a bright metallic gold, but instantly changes its color to mimic a distasteful ladybird beetle when it is startled, as by having its photo taken.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Cryptocephalus leucomelas (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Charidotella sexpunctata (golden tortoise beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Deloyala guttata (tortoise beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera mixta (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Dipropus sp. (click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Kaira alba (frilled orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperotettix speciosus (showy grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Atomosia sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta peralbata (white wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Microtheoris vibicalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tallula atrifascialis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (caterpillar killed by braconid wasp, Aleiodes sp.)
photo by Val Bugh


Ephuta sp. (velvet ant, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa micans (southern carpenter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    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)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Tallula atrifascialis  Moth
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Aethiophysa dualis  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus leucomelas  Leaf Beetle
        Griburius sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis subvittatus  Leaf Beetle
        Phyllotreta sp.  Flea Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Charidotella sexpunctata  Golden Tortoise Beetle
        Deloyala guttata  Tortoise Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
      elateridae  Dipropus sp.  Click Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Chlorion sp.  Cricket Hunter
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      mutillidae  Dasymutilla sp.  Velvet Ant (male)
        Ephuta sp.  Velvet Ant (female)
      braconidae  Aleiodes sp.  Braconid Wasp (cocoon)
        Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
      agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Trachyrhachys kiowa  Kiowa Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid

    blattodea  blattellidae  Parcoblatta sp.  Wood Roach

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Unknown sp.  Jumping Spider, immature
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Kaira alba  Frilled Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula

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