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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and sunny as five volunteers conducted this week's survey. One of our tiniest ladybird beetles is pictured below. Measuring less than 2 mm in length, Psyllobora renifer is one of the few ladybird beetles that feeds not on aphids and other insects as one would expect, but on fungus. Another oddity is the Feather-legged Orbweaver. Unlike almost all other spiders, this species and its close relatives do not have venom glands!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Ian Wright


Calephelis perditalis (rounded metalmark)
photo by Val Bugh


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ephestiodes sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydia latiferreana (filbertworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthophora californica (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Bicyrtes sp. (sand wasp digging nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Euodynerus sp. (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon cocoon)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Uloborus glomosus (feather-legged orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanagromyza sp. (leaf-miner fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Asphaera lustrans (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Psyllobora renifer (ladybird beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phengodes sp. (glowworm, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Anasa tristis (squash bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus tetracanthus (four-spined assassin bug, unusual color variation)
photo by Val Bugh


Thyanta custator (stink bug, fantastic color variation!)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Polydesmid Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Spider Mites (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Condica sutor  The Cobbler
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
      crambidae  Eustixia pupula  Spotted Peppergrass Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Yellow-veined Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Psyllobora renifer  Ladybird Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm (male)

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Anthophora californica  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile fortis  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes apachus  Apache Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon (cocoon)
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Solenopsis sp.  Fire Ant

    diptera  asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      agromyzidae  Melanagromyza sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      bombyliidae  Xenox tigrinis  Tiger Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Tephritis sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      muscidae  Unknown sp.  Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly
      ulidiidae  Euxesta sp.  Picture-winged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erithemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Plathemis lydia  Common Whitetail
        Pantala sp.  Glider

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sackeni  Antlion
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  salticidae  Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver

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