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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of six volunteers completed this week's survey under delightfully cool and mostly cloudy conditions. While some spiders have males and females that appear rather similar, there are some species with marked gender differences. Size is not the only possible variable; the pair of Striped Lynx Spiders shown below display disparate colors. It's obvious which one gave the species its name!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktails mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura posita (fragile forktail)
photo by Val Bugh


Myrmeleon sp. (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Euderces reichei (ant-mimicking longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cryptocephalus arizonensis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Deraeocoris sayi (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ormenis sp. (flatid planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthophora californica (digger bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Trogomorpha arrogans (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (common sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Isturgia dislocaria (pale-veined isturgia larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycia ypsilon (woolly gray larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Bandera binotella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Emarginea percara (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euclea incisa (oak slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (dance fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hogna sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxyopes salticus (striped lynx: female & male)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Amphibians:
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Millipede (Eurymerodesmus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (larva & pupa)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Trichoplusia ni  Ni Moth (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Moth
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Emarginea percara  Moth
        Toxonprucha crudelis  Cruel Toxonprucha
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Moth
        Virbia sp.  Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia (larva)
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Euacidalia sericearia  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Pyrausta volupialis  Pyrausta Moth
        Eustixia pupula  Spotted Peppergrass Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Bandera binotella  Moth
      tortricidae  Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Cryptocephalus arizonensis  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera neglecta  Metallic Woodborer
        Ptosima laeta  Redbud Borer
      cerambycidae  Euderces reichei  Longhorn Beetle
        Mecas cineracea  Longhorn Beetle
        Anelaphus sp.  Longhorn Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Euphoria kernii  Flower Scarab
      melyridae  Attalus rufiventris  Soft-winged Flower Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      bostrichidae  Melalgus plicatus  Powder-post Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Drymus crassus  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Tropidosteptes quercicola  Plant Bug
        Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Deraeocoris sayi  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Oncocephalus sp.  Assassin Bug
      thyreocoridae  Galgupha sp.  Ebony Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
        Ophiderma sp.  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Anthophora californica  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant (queen)
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (cocoons)
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha arrogans  Ichneumon
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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