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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

There were five participants this week; the weather was warm and mostly cloudy, with a bit of light rain. Most katydids feed on leaves and their green wings blend in with their preferred habitat. The wingless shieldback shown below hunts insects on the ground, where its brown color is much more appropriate.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Tetraopes thermophilus (milkweed longhorn)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Anax junius (common green darner)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady on coyote scat)
photo by Val Bugh


Euacidalia brownsvillea (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia alencis (flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia siren (alluring flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall-like scale)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia parva (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Thyanta custator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neotephritis finalis (fruit flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Eremochrysa punctinervis (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Oligonicella scudderi (Scudder's mantis, male)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Pepsis sp. (tarantula hawk dragging paralyzed tarantula)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona oaxacensis (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa dubia (crab spider eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Coyote (Canis latrans), fresh scat

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult, pupa & larva)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Asterocampa sp.  Emperor
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Schinia alencis  Flower Moth
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (adult & larva)
        Schinia siren  Alluring Flower Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Euacidalia brownsvillea  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Tetraopes thermophilus  Milkweed Longhorn
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      anthicidae  Notoxus monodon  Antlike Flower Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Gerstaeckeria sp.  Cactus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      kermesidae  Unknown sp.  Gall-like Scale
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Scoliid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilognathus sp.  Bee Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

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

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Eremochrysa punctinervis  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula

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