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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was another hot and sunny morning as six volunteers completed this week's survey. The odd-looking ensign wasp shown below is named for the way it holds its tiny abdomen like a flag. This small wasp does not sting and its larvae feed on the eggs of cockroaches.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Strategus aloeus (ox beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Alaus lusciosus (click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Podisus maculiventris (predatory stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Proxys punctulatus (black stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diolcus chrysorrhoeus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (vinegar fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dianthidium sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Evania appendigaster (ensign wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Microcentrum rhombifolium (greater angle-wing)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula montezuma (Montezuma's grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Erythemis simplicicollis (eastern pondhawk, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Cochylis caulocatax (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta peralbata (white wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillaries mating)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's blue
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenors  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      scarabaeidae  Strategus aloeus  Ox Beetle
      elateridae  Alaus lusciosus  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper (nymph)
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      evaniidae  Evania appendigaster  Ensign Wasp
      pteromalidae  Unknown sp.  Pteromalid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Anthrax sp.  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Hadrokolos texanus  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Xanthomelanodes sp.  Tachinid Fly
      drosophilidae  Unknown sp.  Vinegar Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Trimerotropis maritima  Seaside Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper

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