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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The drought continues as our survey party of three braved the sun and heat. The odd little "marble" shown below is a scale insect in the family Kermesidae. It has a hard shell and remains in the same place as it grows on its host, Live Oak, so it resembles a gall, hence its common name of Gall-like Scale.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Baeolophus atricristatus (black-crested titmouse)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Xysticus sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Curculio sp. (nut weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Oulema variabilis (leaf beetles)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachybrachis turbidus (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Teleonemia sp. (lace bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Entylia concisa (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall-like scale insect)
photo by Val Bugh


Trupanea sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus politus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex pensylvanica (great black wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex dorsalis (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Asterocampa celtis (hackberry emperor)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aetole bella (moths)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      crambidae  Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Elasmopalpus lignosellus  Lesser Cornstalk Borer
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      tineidae  Amydria sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      coleophoridae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Charidotella sexpunctata  Golden Tortoise Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Tortoise Beetle (larva)
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis vestigialis  Leaf Beetle
        Oulema variabilis  Leaf Beetle
      bruchidae  Mimosestes amicus  Seed Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
      kermesidae  Unknown sp.  Gall-like Scale
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect
      membracidae  Entylia concisa  Treehopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex pensylvanica  Great Black Wasp
        Sphex dorsalis  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Scoliid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis sp.  Fire Ant
        Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Trupanea sp.  Fruit Fly
      chloropidae  Unknown sp.  Frit Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider

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