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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our team of four volunteers enjoyed delightfully cool and mostly sunny conditions during this week's survey. Flies in the family Drosophilidae (commonly called vinegar flies) are best known for their use in laboratory studies of genetics. The colorful species we found this time, shown below, was recently introduced from Africa. It was first reported from Florida in 2005.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phoebis philea (orange-barred sulphur, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus eresimus (soldier)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Psamatodes abydata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anticarsia gemmatalis (velvetbean caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Abrostola microvalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dargida diffusa (wheat-head armyworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta volupialis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastictis fracturalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Helicoverpa zea (corn earworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Pasimachus californicus (ground beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Zaprionus indianus (vinegar fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Tachina sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Halticotoma sp. (yucca plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichrooscytus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia parva (planthopper, color variations)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Sowbug (Porcellionides pruinosus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Dargida diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera albula  White-spotted Armyworm (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm (larva)
        Schinia arcigera  Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Brooomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eupithecia longidens  Pug
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Pyrausta volupialis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Crambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Amyelois transitella  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Lema sp.  Leaf Beetle (larva)
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Bothrotes sp.  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Liorhyssus hyalinus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Halticotoma sp.  Yucca Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Ceratagallia sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      anacanloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Pintalia delicata  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      tachinidae  Tachina sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      drosophilidae  Zaprionus indianus  Vinegar Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
      lauxaniidae  Unknown sp.  Lauxaniid Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus latipennis  Broad-winged Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (adult & nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa punctulata  Dotted Wolf Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper

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