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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although it was a mostly cloudy morning, the heat was intense as our group of six conducted this week's survey. Butterfly numbers and diversity are quite low due to the weather, while predators such as wasps and robber flies are still fairly common. The Bowl and Doily Spider gets its name from the shape of its distinctive web.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


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


Bicyrtes sp. (sand wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Tachytes sp. (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Cydia membrosa (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Deltophora glandiferella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scythris sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (puss caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (bagworm, a moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Geron sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Narnia femorata (cactus bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Frontinella communis (bowl and doily spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
      tortricidae  Cydia membrosa  Moth
      crambidae  Desmia subdivisalis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Puss Caterpillar
      gelechiidae  Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm (larva)
      xyloryctidae  Scythris sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordella sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      curculionidae  Gerstaeckeria sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Atrazonotus umbrosus  Seed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes aurifer  Paper Wasp
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
        Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
        Tachytes sp.  Digger Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly (adult & eggs)
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pantala flavescens  Wandering Glider

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    dermaptera  carcinophoridae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      linyphiidae  Frontinella communis  Bowl and Doily Spider
      theridiidae  Achaearanea sp.  Cobweb Spider

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