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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our four participants enjoyed a cool and sunny morning during this week's survey. The females of many wasps can sting if threatened, but their stingers are normally withdrawn inside their bodies and not visible. Ichneumons, though, often possess long ovipositors that are quite obvious (see photo below). These are harmless to us, as they are not stingers, have no venom glands, and are only used to deposit eggs into other insects so the grubs can feed as internal parasitoids.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Vespula squamosa (southern yellowjacket drinking water)
photo by Val Bugh


Monobia quadridens (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes fraternus (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes bollii (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Compsocryptus sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Dalquestia formosa (Halloween harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Gerstaeckeria sp. (cactus weevil feeding on prickly pear)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Gyponana sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chariesterus antennator (euphorbia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Achyra rantalis (garden webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diacme elealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hammaptera parinotata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisthene barnesii (lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lesmone hinna (owlet moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cerathosia tricolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera albula (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Pontia protodice (checkered white, female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)
    Halloween Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Lesmone hinna  Owlet Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Elaphria alapallida  Pale-winged Midget
        Spodoptera albula  Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (adult & larva)
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Cisthene barnesii  Lichen Moth
        Virbia sp.  Moth
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
      geometridae  Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Hammaptera parinotata  Moth
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Pyrausta sp.  Pyrausta Moth (larva)
        Diaphania hyalinata  Melonworm Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Psara obscuralis  Obscure Psara Moth
      pyralidae  Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema abruptana  Leafroller Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Gerstaeckeria sp.  Cactus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (nymph)
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes sp.  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Monobia quadridens  Mason Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes bollii  Potter Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Compsocryptus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    mantodea  thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis
      mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (adult & eggs)
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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