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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although it was quite warm, clouds helped our party of seven remain comfortable through much of the morning. One unusual sighting was a Thick-headed Fly. This insect is not dumber than usual, but simply has a large head. It is an excellent wasp mimic. The Pale-bordered Field Cockroach is one of the few diurnal (active by day) roaches. It is almost never found in houses and does its clean-up work outside on plants.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


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


Trypoxylon sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Physocephala sp. (thick-headed fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flesh fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta ossularia (drab brown wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common or white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycomorpha pholus (black-and-yellow lichen moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia inclemens (dimorphic jumper, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper, immature, eating spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudomops septentrionalis (pale-bordered field cockroach, with aphid)
photo by Val Bugh


Jalysus sp. (stilt bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ladybird beetle larva eating aphid, with fire ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Griburius sp. (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Disonycha fumata (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Omophoita cyanipennis (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomoea sp. (leaf beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Common Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), tracks

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps), dead

  • Misc.:
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Aethiophysa dualis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Fissicrambus quadrinotellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      coleophoridae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis levipedella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Griburius sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Disonycha fumata  Flea Beetle
        Anomoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      mordellidae  Mordella marginata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      languriidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
        Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Cosmopepla lintneriana  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Homalodisca insolita  Sharpshooter
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      cicadidae  Tibicen sp.  Cicada (exuviae)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Unknown sp.  Long-horned Bee
        Anthophora abrupta  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Unknown sp.  Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Stelis sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
      sphecidae  Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Trypoxylon sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      conopidae  Physocephala sp.  Thick-headed Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia illucens  Black Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown spp.  Tachinid Flies

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Spur-throated Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Maevia inclemens  Dimorphic Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula (dead)

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