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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was cool and sunny as a team of four volunteers participated in this week's survey. Although rarely mentioned in these summaries, a sizeable population of mosquitofish inhabit the Garden ponds. True to their name, these fish eat all manner of small insects, especially mosquito larvae.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Gambusia affinis (mosquitofish)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh


Hogna sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Erynnis funeralis (funereal duskywing)
photo by Val Bugh


Satyrium favonius (oak hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Phaeostrymon alcestis (soapberry hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Glyphidocera lactiflosella (five-spotted glyphidocera)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange larva - very tiny!)
photo by Val Bugh


Cudonigera houstonana (juniper budworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper, pink color variation)
photo by Val Bugh


Thionia elliptica (planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Lopidea sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Calocoris barberi (plant bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Mozena lunata (mesquite bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Fidia cana (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Omileus epicaeroides (broad-nosed weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Hermetia chrysopila (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex lucae (digger wasp)
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)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Other Vertebrates:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediteranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Phaeostrymon alcestis  Soapberry Hairstreak (adult & exuviae)
        Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Dargida diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm (larva)
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      peleopodidae  Durrantia piperatella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Smaragdina militaris  Leaf Beetle
        Xanthonia sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Fidia cana  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Rhopalophora sp.  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Epicauta nigritarsis  Blister Beetle
      curculionidae  Omileus epicaeroides  Broad-nosed Weevil
        Sitona sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Lopidea sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca sp.  Sharpshooter (nymph)
      membracidae  Smilia camelus  Treehopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Juriniopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia chrysopila  Soldier Fly
        Hermetia sp.  Soldier Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Thiodina sp.  Jumping Spider
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
        Pirata sp.  Wolf Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider

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