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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Six volunteers completed this week's survey under very warm and mostly sunny conditions. The Honey Bee, an imported European species, is our most commonly seen bee. When their nests are found in the wild, such as in the tree shown below, it is a good idea to maintain a healthy distance; many of the bees in this area have interbred with Africanized bees and tend to be more aggressive in their protective behaviors.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Linda Chayra


Hogna sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona oaxacensis (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Pissonotus sp. (delphacid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Eucosma consobrinana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudogalleria inimicella (inimical borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Galasa nigrinodis (boxwood leaftier moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Melitara junctolineella (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta peralbata (white wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizura errucata (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Ogdoconta tacna (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia bina (flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Stiria intermixta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ophion sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Apis mellifera (honey bees at nest entrance)
photo by Val Bugh


Villa lateralis (bee fly)
photo by Linda Chayra


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Crovus brachyrhynchos)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps valliceps)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & egg)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      riodinidae  Calephelis sp.  Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chiodes albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing (larva)
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth
        Stiria intermixta  Moth
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Plagiomimicus manti  Moth
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth
        Schinia bina  Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Brooomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Pug
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Glaphyria fulminalis  Black-patched Glaphyria
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Alpheioides parvulalis  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Melitara junctolineella  Cactus Borer Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Platphalonidia felix  Leafroller Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Pseudogalleria inimicella  Inimical borer Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
        Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Pseudotelphusa sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Oncideres cingulata  Twig Girdler
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Chalcodermus collaris  Partridge-pea Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Acinopterus angulatus  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Ponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      anacanloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      delphacidae  Pissonotus sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
      crabronidae  Tachysphex sp.  Digger Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      Ichneumonidae  Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda lanipes  Feather-legged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
        Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
        Anthrax seriepunctatus  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walkingstick

    blattodea  polyphagidae  Arenivaga sp.  Sand Roach

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

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus coecatus  Jumping Spider

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