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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven people conducted this week's survey in stifling hot and sunny conditions. While wasps are not normally thought of as major pollinators, the Tarantula Hawk shown below (covered with yellow pollen) was doing an admirable job on Passionflower. The tiny metallic green Long-legged Flies, so often seen around gardens, are predators and feed on even smaller insects such as gnats and aphids.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Pepsis sp. (Tarantula Hawk)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Prionyx sp. (thread-waisted wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Crematogaster sp. (acrobat ant, queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Hibana sp. (ghost spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Amyelois transitella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euacidalia brownsvillea (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ladybird beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen texanus (cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Oliarus sp. (cixiid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhynchomitra microrhina (dictyopharid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid - note "ears" on front legs!)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthemis ferruginea (roseate skimmer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Water Mite Nymphs (Arrenurus sp.), attached to damselfly

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Euacidalia brownsvillea  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Amyelois transitella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema daturaphila  Three-lined Potato Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (adult & pupa)
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      diaspididae  Uknown sp.  Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  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
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant, queen

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      neriidae  Odontoloxozus longicornis  Cactus Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Aidemona aztecus  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)

    blattodea  blattellidae  Blattella sp.  Cockroach

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider

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