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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was very cool and cloudy as four participants completed this week's survey. Gardeners often notice tiny, slender metallic green or copper-colored flies on the leaves of plants. Long-legged flies (the name of the entire family) are predators that feast on tiny insects. One example is shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Eupackardia calleta (calleta silkmoth with cocoon at lower right)
photo by Val Bugh


Neodactylota liguritrix (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Parachma ochracealis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pontia protodice (checkered white)
photo by Val Bugh


Anelaphus sp. (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Poecilocapsus lineatus (four-lined plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neurocolpus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Tropidosteptes quercicola (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Lopidea major (plant bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Smilia camelus (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Tipula sp. (crane fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Condylostylus sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ozodiceromyia sp. (stiletto fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  pieridae  Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
        Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
        Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth
      geometridae  Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Epiblema desertana  Leafroller Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (adult & larva)
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
        Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Anelaphus sp.  Longhorn Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus verbasci  Carpet Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Melacoryphus lateralis  Seed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Drymus crassus  Seed Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Tropidosteptes quercicola  Plant Bug
        Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
      membracidae  Smilia camelus  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
      muscidae  Stomoxys calcitrans  Stable Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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