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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Five volunteers completed this week's sunny and hot survey. Bees have rather complex mouthparts; they have mandibles for biting as well as a tongue, or proboscis, for sucking up liquids. The photos of a bee shown below were taken as it was repeatedly sticking its tongue in and out, perhaps similar to humans licking their lips after a good meal.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache quadriplaga (bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia phecolisca (bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Emarginea percara (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia chrysellus (broomweed flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno acaciella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Microtheoris ophionalis (yellow-veined moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Parachma ochracealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Urbanus dorantes (dorantes longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex dorsalis (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum sp. (sweat bee, with tongue in & out)
photo by Val Bugh


Curculio sp. (nut weevils mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Epicauta nigritarsis (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Mozena lunata (mesquite bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Keltonia pallida (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard sunning itself)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Urbanus dorantes  Dorantes Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia tortricina  Bird Dropping Moth
        Acontia cretata  Bird Dropping Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Emarginea percara  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (adult & eggs)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Moth
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      crambidae  Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria bipartitella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Stenomorphus californicus  Ground Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta nigritarsis  Blister Beetle
      dytiscidae  Laccophilus pictus  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea lousianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      miridae  Keltonia pallida  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes apachus  Apache Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Paper Wasp
        Stenodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
        Sphex dorsalis  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex habenus  Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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