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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our team of seven participated in this week's survey under warm and mostly cloudy conditions. When dragonflies oviposit (lay eggs) in the ponds, there is always the danger of the fish eating the eggs or the tiny hatchlings. The Blue Dasher shown below is increasing the survival chances of her progeny by laying hundreds of eggs in the tiny pool of water on TOP of the lilypad, where the fish are not likely to reach them.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pseudomops septentrionalis (pale-bordered field cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Paracyrtophyllus robustus (truncated true katydid, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher ovipositing)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera ornatoides (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Laemophloeus biguttatus (lined flat bark beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phengodes sp. (glowworm, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Moneilema armatum (cactus longhorn)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Oebalus pugnax (rice stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyonissus griphus (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Atomosia melanopogon (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cylindromyia sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (tachinid fly investigating caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichomeris setosella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus pegnia (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Marpissa obtusa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing (larva)
      noctuidae  Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm (larva)
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      gelechiidae  Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Dichomeris setosella  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Kuschelina petaurista  Flea Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Smaragdina militaris  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      cerambycidae  Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
        Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
        Euderces reichei  Longhorn Beetle
        Anelaphus debilis  Longhorn Beetle
        Aneflomorpha sp.  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Calosoma macrum  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      elateridae  Agrypnus rectangularis  Click Beetle
      laemophloeidae  Laemophloeus biguttatus  Lined Flat Bark Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm
      curculionidae  Omileus epicaeroides  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
        Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Gyponanasp.  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
        Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper (nymph)
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (adult & nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leafcutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
        Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner (exuviae)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Paracyrtophyllus robustus  Truncated True Katydid (adult & nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    blattodea  blattelidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Marpissa obtusa  Jumping Spider
        Metacyrba taeniola  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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