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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A warm and cloudy morning turned sunny as six volunteers completed this week's survey. A combination of warm temperatures, sunshine and many flowers brought out plenty of nectar-seeking insects. After bees, our next most important pollinators of native plants are flies, and we certainly saw a wide variety. Some Honey Bees, however, were not pollinating but instead obtaining nectar from the base of flowers too long for their tongues to probe.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Megachile sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthidiellum notatum (bees mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada pusilla (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada furcata (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Atacta brasiliensis (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flesh fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Lucilia sp. (blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhynchomitra microrhina (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket nymph, missing a leg)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Agriphila vulgivagella (vagabond crambus moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrotis venerabilis (venerable dart)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptotes marina (marine blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes vesta (vesta crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx female, remains of egg sac &
shed hatchling skins, & cluster of spiderlings)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)
    Halloween Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Mimic Pondsnail (Pseudosuccinea columella)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Acontia cretata  Bird Dropping Moth
        Emarginea percara  Moth
        Lesmone hinna  Owlet Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Agrotis venerabilis  Venerable Dart
        Choephora fungorum  Bent-line Dart
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper Moth
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Ommatospila narcaeusalis  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Diaphania hyalinata  Melonworm Moth
        Oenobotys vinotinctalis  Wine-tinted Oenobotys
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus
      pyralidae  Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug 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
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia hubbardi  Long-horned Beetle
        Styloxus fulleri  Long-horned Beetle
      carabidae  Discoderus sp.  Ground Beetle
        Cyclotrachelus sp.  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Unknown sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (egg)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Engytatus modestus  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Oncerometopus nigriclavus  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Penthimia americana  Leafhopper
        Scaphytopius sp.  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus annulatus  Mason Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes bollii  Potter Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
        Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      tachinidae  Drino sp.  Tachinid Fly
      agromyzidae  Melanagromyza sp.  Leaf-miner 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
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Plathemis lydia  Common Whitetail
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    psocoptera  psocidae  Unknown sp.  Barklouse

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Habronattus coecatus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Apollophanes punctipes  Running Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx (adult & hatchlings)
      araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver

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