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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A group of six participated in this survey; the weather was warm and sunny. An interesting relationship is illustrated in the photo below of the wheel bug. The milichiid fly sitting on its head, and a second fly on the bug's back, are not there by accident. These flies routinely live in close proximity to predators, such as spiders and assassin bugs, and surreptitiously feed on their prey.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Wallengrenia otho (southern broken-dash)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus sp. (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Crambus sp. (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Curculio sp. (nut weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum marginatum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Juriniopsis sp. (tachinid flies)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug, with milichiid fly on head)
photo by Val Bugh


Harmostes sp. (scentless plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Camponotus sp. (carpenter ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (long-horned bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex sp. (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia fumipennis (variable dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Diapheromera sp. (walkingstick)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Zale lunifera  Bold-based Zale
      saturniidae  Eacles imperialisnbsp; Imperial Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      crambidae  Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Crambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes infimella  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva pustulella  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
        Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      dermestidae  Thaumaglossa americana  Dermestid Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus sp.  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
        Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      miridae  Unknown sp.  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      tingidae  Corythucha sp.  Lace Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Unknown sp.  Long-horned Bee
        Anthophora abrupta  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex sp.  Digger Wasp
        Sphex habenus  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Scoliid Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      milichiidae  Unknown sp.  Milichiid Fly
      tachinidae  Juriniopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula pulchella  Twelve-spotted Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walkingstick

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      clubionidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider

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