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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of four participated in this week's survey under warm and mostly cloudy conditions. Black Swallowtails exhibit sexually dimorphic coloration. While males have larger yellow markings, females (as shown below) have obvious blue areas on their hind wings, mimicking the distasteful Pipevine Swallowtail.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Dythemis fugax (checkered setwing, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Asterocampa celtis (hackberry emperor, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Pontia protodice (checkered white, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Fernaldella fimetaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aristotelia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Galasa nigrinodis (boxwood leaftier moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (inchworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Marathyssa inficita (dark marathyssa larva with Euplectrus sp. larvae)
photo by Val Bugh


Myrmilloides grandiceps (velvet ant, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Parazumia tolteca (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Apateticus lineolatus (predatory stink bug nymphs)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Neotephritis finalis (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall midge exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Dioprosopa clavata (flower fly larva & pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrilus lacustris (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Zopherus nodulosus (ironclad beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Paraidemona sp. (spur-throated grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea sp. (thread-legged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus bicentenarius (giant lichen orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Polydesmid Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (pupa & larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & pupa)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Copaeodes minima  Southern Skipperling
      noctuidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth (larva)
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
      arctiidae  Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm (pupa)
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle (larva)
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
      zopheridae  Zopherus nodulosus  Ironclad Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus lacustris  Metallic Woodborer
      oedemeridae  Oxacis trirossi  False Blister Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordella marginata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      elateridae  Aeolus scutellatus  Click Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
        Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      dytiscidae  Laccophilus pictus  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      ochodaeidae  Unknown sp.  Sand-loving Scarab

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Dendrocoris humeralis  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug
        Apateticus lineolatus  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus ovatus  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
        Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Parazumia tolteca  Mason Wasp
      mutillidae  Myrmilloides grandiceps  Velvet Ant
      eulophidae  Euplectrus sp.  Wasp (larva)
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
        Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly (larva & pupa)
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      stratiomyidae  MIcrochrysa sp.  Soldier Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge (exuviae)

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Unknown sp.  Skimmer (nymph)
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Dythemis fugax  Checkered Setwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    blattodea  blattelidae  Parcoblatta sp.  Wood Roach

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Unknown sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Araneus bicentenarius  Giant Lichen Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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