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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our party of four enjoyed a warm and sunny day for this first survey of autumn. The first long-horned beetle shown below is a male who, along with several others, was perched in a Kidneywood shrub, eagerly anticipating the arrival of females that would be lured to the nectar-filled blossoms. The males were not interested in food.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Euodynerus sp. (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyna sp. (meshweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphaenothecus bivittata (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lepturges angulatus (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborers, sharing an intimate moment)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborers, with interloper approaching)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborers, three is DEFINITELY a crowd)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird beetle, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird beetle, pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthrax irroratus (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Poecilognathus sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Halticotoma sp. (yucca plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oebalus pugnax (rice stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arenivaga sp. (sand roach)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (pyralid moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Unknown sp.  Looper Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Elasmopalpus lignosellus  Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth
        Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  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
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
      bruchidae  Gibbobruchus mimus  Seed Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (adult, pupa & larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
        Lepturges angulatus  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Sitona sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma sp.  Yucca Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug (nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Unknown sp.  Long-horned Bee
        Unknown sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Scoliid Wasp
        Triscolia ardens  Scoliid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilognathus sp.  Bee Fly
        Anthrax irroratus  Bee Fly
        Neodiplocampta miranda  Bee Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula pulchella  Twelve-spotted Skimmer
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Pantala flavescens  Wandering Glider
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    blattodea  polyphagidae  Arenivaga sp.  Sand Roach

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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