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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of three participated in this week's survey under warm, overcast conditions with intermittent light rain. The pair of tree crickets shown below are engaged in an unusual behavior characteristic of this genus. They have mated, as the small round spermatophore hanging from the rear of the female indicates, and the male is continuing to sing while the female sips a secretion from the metanotal gland located behind the base of his raised front wings.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Oecanthus argentinus (prairie tree cricket pair)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes fusiformis (rather wet darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia parva (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecidea major (grass stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oebalus pugnax (rice stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca rustica (rustic sphinx larva - 4 inches long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache quadriplaga (bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ctenoplusia oxygramma (sharp-stigma looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrotis venerabilis (venerable dart)
photo by Val Bugh


Tathorhynchus exsiccata (alfalfa looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomis illita (okra leafworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scopula umbilicata (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Atteva aurea (ailanthus webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes integra (eggplant leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Mompha murtfeldtella (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mecaphesa dubia & Colias eurytheme (crab spider & orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Helicina orbiculata (globular drop)
photo by Val Bugh


Corvus corax (common raven vocalizing)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & pupa)
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Agrotis venerabilis  Venerable Dart
        Ctenoplusia oxygramma  Sharp-stigma Looper Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Schinia nundina  Goldenrod Flower Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Tathorhynchus exsiccata  Alfalfa Looper Moth
        Anomis illita  Okra Leafworm Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (adult & larva)
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Oenobotys sp.  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Herpetogramma phaeopteralis  Dusky Herpetogramma
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Elasmopalpus lignosellus  Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Peach Fruitworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Chionodes sp.  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes fusiformis  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Cyclotrachelus sp.  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Hypera postica  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
        Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Parthenicus sp.  Plant Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug (nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Scaphytopius sp.  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum sp.  Meadowhawk
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket

    isoptera  rhinotermitidae  Reticulitermes sp.  Subterranean Termite

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider

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