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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Three volunteers participated this week; the weather was cool and cloudy, with occasional rain. Usually remaining hidden when it is dry due to the danger of dehydration, slugs were quite conspicuous this time. The image below shows the open pneumostome (breathing pore) located on the right hand side of the mantle. When conditions are drier, the hole remains closed more of the time.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Limax flavus (slug)
photo by Val Bugh


Latrodectus sp. (black widow)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (dance fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Campylacantha olivacea (fuzzy olive-green grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Aidemona azteca (Aztec spurthroat nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing larva on sharpshooter)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes fraternus (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes carolina (red wasp with twisted-wing parasites)
photo by Val Bugh


Scaptolenus sp. (rain click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lysathia ludoviciana (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomoea rufifrons (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Adaina ambrosiae (ambrosia plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sinoe chambersi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary larva ready to pupate)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia chrysellus (broomweed flower moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Stiria intermixta (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Coyote (Canis latrans), fresh tracks
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), fresh tracks

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Banded Slug (Lehmannia valentiana)
    Slug (Limax flavus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Euxoa serotina  Moth
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (larva)
        Tripudia balteata  Moth
        Stiria intermixta  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      gelechiidae  Sinoe chambersi  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Anomoea rufifrons  Leaf Beetle
        Lysathia ludoviciana  Flea Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle
      carabidae  Agonum punctiforme  Ground Beetle
      elateridae  Scaptolenus sp.  Rain Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Mozena obtusa  Mesquite Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Liorhyssus hyalinus  Hyaline Grass Bug
      miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
        Texananus areolatus  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Micrutalis sp.  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Culiseta inornata  Mosquito

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & larva)

    strepsiptera  stylopidae  Unknown sp.  Twisted-wing Parasite

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theridiidae  Latrodectus sp.  Black Widow
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      gnaphosidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider

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