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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Six people conducted this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. The Beaded Lacewing shown below is an uncommon insect belonging to a very small family, the larvae of which are predators of drywood termites. Another insect not often encountered is the Scudder's Scaly Cricket. These are true crickets that live on foliage and have a silvery coating remininscent of silverfish.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider mites)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloptilum sp. (scaly cricket, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Tripudia quadrifera (one of our smallest noctuid moths)
photo by Val Bugh


Microtheoris ophionalis (yellow-veined moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno acaciella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Amydria sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lipocosmodes new species (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica balteata (banded cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Neokolla uhleri (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Dendrocoris humeralis (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ephuta sp. (velvet ant, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex dorsalis (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Titmouse (Baeolophus sp.)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

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

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Spider Mites (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (egg)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Lipocosmodes new species  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes infimella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      tineidae  Amydria sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica balteata  Banded Cucumber Beetle
        Lema daturaphila  Three-lined Potato Beetle
      coccinellidae  Brachiacantha subfasciata  Ladybird Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Dendrocoris humeralis  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic 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
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex dorsalis  Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk
      mutillidae  Ephuta sp.  Velvet Ant
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      libellulidae  Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Pantala flavescens  Wandering Glider

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket (nymph)

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    strepsiptera  stylopidae  Unknown sp.  Twisted-wing Parasite

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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