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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Four volunteers participated in this week's survey under hot, humid and overcast conditions. We found a young example of one of the more interesting of our central Texas land snails (see below). The Striate Wolf Snail is an active hunter that pursues and attacks its prey: other snails. Various jokes, all based on fact, can be made about the pace at which this action occurs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (shed snake skin)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog, newly hatched eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Phymata sp. (ambush bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Euschistus quadrator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Sehirus cinctus (burrowing bug, newly hatched nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Bagisara nr. rectifascia (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eublemma minima (everlasting bud moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia thoreaui (Thoreau's flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anacampsis fullonella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Ataxia hubbardi (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Augochloropsis metallica (green sweat bee, buzz pollinating)
photo by Val Bugh


Vespula squamosa (the busy entrance to a southern yellowjacket nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Misumeonoides formosipes (white-banded crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Helicina orbiculata (globular drop)
photo by Val Bugh


Euglandina singleyana (striate wolf snail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Chickadee(Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), tracks

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles

  • Mollusks:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Eublemma minima  Everlasting Bud Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Eacles imperialis  Imperial Moth
      geometridae  Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia hubbardi  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      miridae  Pseudoxenetus regalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Phymata sp.  Ambush Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Unknown sp.  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Nomada texana  Cuckoo Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      bethylidae  Unknown sp.  Bethylid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
        Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      muscidae  Musca domestica  House Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Trimerotropis maritima  Seaside Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Misumenoides formosipes  White-banded Crab Spider

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