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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven volunteers enjoyed rather cool and cloudy weather on this week's survey. The larvae of some hover flies (also called flower flies) eat aphids, so the females lay eggs on infested plants. In the photo below, an ichneumon called a Hover Fly Parasite has just laid its own egg inside the fly egg on the leaf. The fly larva will hatch, eat aphids and grow, with the parasite living inside it. The fly larva will pupate, then die; the adult ichneumon will eventually emerge.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Diplazon laetatorius (hover fly parasite & fly egg)
photo by Val Bugh


Camponotus sayi (carpenter ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Euderces reichei (longhorn beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoclytus acuminatus (red-headed ash borer)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red lady beetle larva eating aphid)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Argia translata (dusky dancer, teneral adult with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupackardia calleta (calleta silkmoth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudothyris sepulchralis (mournful thyris)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypercompe oslari (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Mocis texana (Texas mocis)
photo by Dan Zinn


Nemoria sp. (emerald, larva - head is at left)
photo by Val Bugh


Ellabella sp. (tropical fruitworm moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth, larva - head is at left)
photo by Val Bugh


Thaumatomyia sp. (frit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Forcipomyia sp. (biting midge, male)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxyopes salticus (striped lynx eating fly)
photo by Linda Chayra


Hogna sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), large tadpoles with back legs

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Charadra dispulsa  Moth
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Sigela basipunctaria  Moth
        Mocis texana  Texas Mocis
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
        Hypercompe oslari  Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (eggs)
        Eupackardia calleta  Calleta Silkmoth
      geometridae  Pero meskaria  Moth
        Nemoria sp.  Emerald (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Eustixia pupula  Spotted Peppergrass Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Adelphia petrella  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth (larva)
        Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
      thyrididae  Pseudothyris sepulchralis  Mournful Thyris
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (adult & larva)
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      copromorphidae  Ellabella sp.  Tropical Fruitworm Moth (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (larva)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Xanthonia sp.  Leaf Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      cerambycidae  Euderces reichei  Longhorn Beetle
        Neoclytus acuminatus  Red-headed Ash Borer
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      cantharidae  Malthinus occipitalis  Soldier Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      bostrichidae  Melalgus plicatus  Powder-post Beetle
      curculionidae  Omileus epicaeroides  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Unknown sp.  Treehopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      cynipidae  Amphibolips quercusinanis  Oak Apple Gall
        Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Diplazon laetatorius  Hover Fly Parasite

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      ceratopogonidae  Forcipomyia sp.  Biting Midge
      phoridae  Megaselia sp.  Scuttle Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (egg)
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly (larva)
      muscidae  Stomoxys calcitrans  Stable Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.  Frit Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      dolichopodidae  Medetera sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia translata  Dusky Dancer (nymph & adult)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Tmarus sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      salticidae  Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider

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