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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Partly sunny, hot conditions prevailed as five volunteers completed this week's survey. The sharpshooter pictured below has a dab of a white waxy substance called brochosomes on each wing. The female produced it as liquid from her back end and with her legs moved it temporarily to its present position. She will use this supply to cover her eggs with a protective coating after inserting them into a plant leaf.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis agarithe (large orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Erynnis horatius (Horace's duskywing)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisthene tenuifascia (lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anacampsis paltodoriella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia fasciatella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Catorhintha selector (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Triatoma sanguisuga (kissing bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Homalodisca vitripennis (glassy-winged sharpshooter,
female with brochosomes on wings)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen texanus (cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Pemphigus populitransversus (gall on cottonwood leaf,
created by poplar petiole-gall aphids)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, nectar stealing)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper nymph molting)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Uloborus glomosus (feather-legged orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Crayfish (Unknown sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird-dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird-dropping Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva & egg)
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Phaneta argutipunctana  Coastal Phaneta Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica longicornis  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Eburia haldemani  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      curculionidae  Sitona californius  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      gerridae  Unknown sp.  Water Strider
      miridae  Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Triatoma sanguisuga  Kissing Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      pseudococcidae  Phenacoccus sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Pemphigus populitransversus  Poplar Petiole-gall Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Hoplitis sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Stelis sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Prionyx sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
        Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      scoliidae  Trielis octomaculata  Scoliid Wasp
        Scolia nobilitata  Scoliid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Peleteria sp.nbsp; Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda lanipes  Feather-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver

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