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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and sunny as four volunteers conducted the first survey of August. Some plants, such as the Partridge Pea, have features called extrafloral nectaries, which usually attract ants that will then protect the plant from herbivorous insects. The ant-mimicking true bug nymph shown below is sipping the nectar but will not benefit the plant. Instead, it also feeds on the plant's fluids, especially seed pods.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumesosoma sp. (harvestman, with mite larvae)
photo by Val Bugh


Kuschelina gibbitarsa (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Melissodes sp. (digger bee, in sleeping position)
photo by Val Bugh


Paranthrene dollii (clearwing moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Durrantia piperatella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aristotelia corallina (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Litodonta hydromeli (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Lithacodes gracea (graceful slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolba hyloeus (pawpaw sphinx, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Triaenodes sp. (long-horned caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Chinavia hilare (green stink bug, hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug,
nymph feeding at extrafloral nectary)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus sp. (leaf-footed bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus tetracanthus (four-spined assassin bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Liorhyssus hyalinus (hyaline grass bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Triatoma gerstaeckeri (kissing bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail, being cannibalistic)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis,
nymph eating eufala skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Polygyra sp.)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)
    Mite (Leptus sp.), larva

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia balteata  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Dolba hyloeus  Pawpaw Sphinx (larva)
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
        Unknown sp.  Prominent (larva)
      limacodidae  Lithacodes gracea  Graceful Slug Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm Moth
      sesiidae  Paranthrene dollii  Clearwing Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia corallina  Moth
      peleopodidae  Durrantia piperatella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Kuschelina gibbitarsa  Flea Beetle
        Chrysomela texana  Leaf Beetle (larva)
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird Beetle
      cerambycidae  Plinthocoelium suaveolens  Bumelia Borer

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Triatoma gerstaeckeri  Kissing Bug
      miridae  Reuteroscopus sp.  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Liorhyssus hyalinus  Hyaline Grass Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      hydrometridae  Hydrometra sp.  Marsh Treader
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymphs)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Hymetta sp.  Leafhopper
        Illinigina illinoiensis  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Eutettix pictus  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      tabanidae  Tabanus sp.  Horse Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Triaenodes sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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