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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four volunteers conducted this week's survey during a delightfully cool, mostly overcast and breezy morning. Several katydid species have both brown and green color forms. We happened upon a nice example of this with two Haldeman's Shieldbacks: a brown male and a green female. The male has more of a humped back because his wings (almost hidden beneath the pronotum, or "shield") are large enough to produce his song. These predatory katydids sometimes hunt around lights that are attracting other insects.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stenelytrana gigas (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Dromochorus belfragei (tiger beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Sergiolus sp. (ground spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Salvadora grahamiae lineata (Texas patchnose snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Enallagma basidens (double-striped bluet)
photo by Val Bugh


Pacarina puella (cicada, our tiniest species)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada vinetorum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenodynerus sp. (mason wasp with caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Oligotoma sp. (webspinner, male in web)
photo by Val Bugh


Omphalocera cariosa (barberry webworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Coleophora sp. (moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Speranza graphidaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archirhoe neomexicana (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Systasea pulverulenta (Texas powdered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen, before & after pupation)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
    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-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    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:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata), a snail

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult, 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
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Schinia sp.  Flower Moth (larva)
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Bulia deducta  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (adult & larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray (adult & larva)
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Iridopsis gemella  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Archirhoe neomexicana  Moth
        Speranza graphidaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm (larva)
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  antaeotricha osseella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      cleridae  Cymatodera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      cerambycidae  Stenelytrana gigas  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Dromochorus belfragei  Tiger Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Polymeris basalis  Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus sp.  Assassin Bug (eggs)
        Triatoma gerstaeckeri  Kissing Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha sp.  Lace Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      cicadidae  Pacarina puella  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Stenodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      crabronidae  Trypoxylon sp.  Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      stratiomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Soldier Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma basidens  Double-striped Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
        Sergiolus sp.  Ground Spider

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