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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight people conducted this week's survey; it was hot and sunny. Sparse green patches in the dry fields yielded a few grasshoppers this time. Their camouflage is sometimes amazing, perfectly matching the dirt and dead foliage. The Eastern Amberwing, at 1 inch in length our smallest dragonfly, has markings and a perching habit that mimics a wasp. The final four images shown below tell the story of one queen ant that we watched for about 10 minutes.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Triatoma gerstaeckeri (kissing bug)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Pachybrachis diversus (leaf beetle, 2.5 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Aphoebantus sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia tuberculata (robber fly, left: male, right: female)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus cockerelli (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isophrictis similiella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Unknown sp. (dragonfly exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Perithemis tenera (eastern amberwing, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Mermiria sp. (slant-faced grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Encoptolophus costalis (dusky grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Scolia nobilitata (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Scolia dubia (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Carebara longii (ants mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Carebara longii (after the male flew off, an immature bold
jumper attacked the queen, but she managed to repel it)
photo by Val Bugh


Carebara longii (as soon as the spider had backed off,
a second male mated with the queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Carebara longii (the spider then attacked again, grabbing
the queen's wing as the male pulled loose and watched)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), scat

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      crambidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      pyralidae  Acrobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cockerelli  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis diversus  Leaf Beetle
        Brachycoryna pumila  Leaf Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
      reduviidae  Triatoma gerstaeckeri  Kissing Bug
      miridae  Prepops  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Hymetta balteata  Leafhopper
        Illinigina illinoiensis  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Tachytes sp.  Digger Wasp
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Wasp
        Scolia nobilitata  Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Carebara longii  Ant (alates)

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Aphoebantus sp.  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Efferia tuberculata  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
      libellulidae  Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper

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