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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four volunteers participated in this week's survey. The weather was cool and foggy, turning warm and sunny by noon. While most native solitary bees gather pollen to feed their young, some species are parasitic. These "cuckoo bees" lay their eggs in the nests of other species, much like cowbirds parasitize other birds' nests. Cuckoo bees lack pollen-collecting hairs and often look very wasp-like. Three examples are shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Bufo valliceps valliceps (gulf coast toad)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia translata (dusky dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes australis (southern spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Nomada sp. (cuckoo bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Triepeolus sp. (cuckoo bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Xeromelecta californica (cuckoo bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada mexicana (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Odontomyia sp. (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysolina auripennis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomoea rufifrons (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phosphila miselioides (spotted phosphila larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Thessalia theona (theona checkerspot larvae: the tan one has just molted)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthodes furtiva (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptostales pannaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diaphania hyalinata (melonworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Leucospilapteryx venustella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes phaon (phaon crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Kricogonia lyside (lyside sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Copaeodes aurantiaca (orange skipperling)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common checkered-skipper,
male hitting on female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps valliceps)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot (larva & pupa)
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  American Lady
        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
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Kricogonia lyside  Lyside Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
      noctuidae  Tarache tenuicula  Bird Dropping Moth
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Cisthene unifascia  Lichen Moth
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Macaria aemulataria  Common Angle
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Hammaptera parinotata  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Leptostales pannaria  Moth
      crambidae  Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Ommatospila narcaeusalis  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Diaphania hyalinata  Melonworm Moth
        Samea ecclesialis  Moth
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Moth
        Hellula rogatalis  Cabbage Webworm Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Diacme elealis  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
        Melitara sp.  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia roseosuffusella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Chionodes phalacra  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
      gracillariidae  Leucospilapteryx venustella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Chrysolina auripennis  Leaf Beetle
        Anomoea rufifrons  Leaf Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle (larva)
      buprestidae  Agrilus obtusus  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Blapstinus sp.  Darkling Beetle
      anthribidae  Toxonotus cornutus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
        Burtinus notatipennis  Broad-headed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xeromelecta californica  Cuckoo Bee
        Triepeolus sp.  Cuckoo Bee
        Nomada sp.  Cuckoo Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
        Unknown sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Andrena reflexa  Mining Bee
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      sphecidae  Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Isodontia mexicana  Grass-carrying Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes aurifer  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus annulatus  Mason Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes bollii  Potter Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Compsocryptus sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      limoniidae  Unknown sp.  Crane Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
        Palpada mexicana  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Odontomyia sp.  Soldier Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      tachinidae  Juriniopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

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

    psocoptera  psocidae  Unknown sp.  Barklouse

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider

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