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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our group of five endured hot and sunny conditions during this survey on the first full day of summer. Moist, shady areas are inviting to both people and, unfortunately, mosquitoes. We do, however, have allies in our efforts against the pests. Tiny damselflies, quite numerous in the Gardens, fly slowly near the ground, hunting equally small prey. Mosquitoes feature prominently on their menu and we often see the predators devouring the leggy vermin (see photo below).

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Boopedon gracile (graceful range grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum sp. (sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Scolia nobilitata (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Neodiplocampta miranda (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemodus mavortius (seed bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Alaus lusciosus (click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha fasciatus (banded sphinx, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Deltophora glandiferella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes texana (Texan crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


damselfly snacks: Argia immunda (Kiowa dancer eating mosquito)
and Enallagma civile (familiar bluet eating leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia nahuana (Aztec dancer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Erythemis simplicicollis (eastern pondhawk, young male)
photo by Val Bugh


Dythemis velox (swift setwing, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Trachelas sp. (spider with egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Phidippus mystaceus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & pupa)
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (adult & larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva & pupa)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Eumorpha fasciatus  Banded Sphinx (larva)
        Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malacitana  Sculptured Moth
        Aethes seriatana  Moth
        Rudenia leguminana  Black-tipped Rudenia
      gelechiidae  Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Yellow-veined Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      elateridae  Alaus lusciosus  Click Beetle
      cerambycidae  Plinthocoelium suaveolens  Bumelia Borer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Blapstinus sp.  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
        Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Triatoma gerstaeckeri  Kissing Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Homalodisca sp.  Sharpshooter (nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Melissodes bimaculata  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Isodontia sp.  Grass-carrying Wasp
      scoliidae  Scolia nobilitata  Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
        Neodiplocampta miranda  Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia nahuana  Aztec Dancer
        Argia moesta  Powdered Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erithemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Dythemis velox  Swift Setwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Eritettixabortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Araneus sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus mystaceus  Jumping Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      corinnidae  Trachelus sp.  Spider
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula (one leg found)

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