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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was sunny and very hot as our party of six completed the last survey for June. Robber flies, supreme aerial predators, are on the increase at this time of year. They frequently perch near flowers where bees and other insects will arrive. Another predator that is now active is the Cicada Killer. This huge wasp paralyzes a cicada, drags it down a hole it has dug, and lays an egg on the hapless insect. The wasp's grub will feed on the fresh prey that its mother provided.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Aon noctuiformis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Desmia sp. (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Myrmeleon sp. (antlion, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eburia mutica (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus bicentenarius (giant lichen orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxyopes acleistus (lynx spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus clypealis (leaf-footed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia tuberculata (robber fly, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Mallophora fautrix (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes carolina (red wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphecius speciosus (cicada killer)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
      geometridae  Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Aethiophysa dualis  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Puss Caterpillar

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Anomoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Eburia mutica  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Blapstinus sp.  Darkling Beetle
      languriidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      curculionidae  Gerstaeckeria sp.  Weevil
        Sitona sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Cyrtopeltis sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cicadidae  Tibicen sp.  Cicada (exuviae)
      kermesidae  Unknown sp.  Gall-like Scale
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  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
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      tiphiidae  Tiphia sp.  Wasp
      mutillidae  Dasymutilla sp.  Velvet Ant (male)
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
        Efferia tuberculata  Robber Fly
        Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
        Mallophora fautrix  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pantala flavescens  Wandering Glider

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Araneus bicentenarius  Giant Lichen Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes acleistus  Lynx Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider

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