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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of four completed this week's survey under warm, cloudy conditions with occasional light rain. One of the most conspicuous dragonflies in the Gardens is the Neon Skimmer. Mature males are bright red. This color takes several days to develop, though. As the newly emerged young male shown below illustrates, they start off with the golden brown color of the females. They do not start patrolling the ponds until they are fully mature.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Neoptilia tora (argid sawfly larvae)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomalon sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum coactum (sweat bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Chalybion sp. (blue mud dauber)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bowlegged bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bowlegged bug adult)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer, young male)
photo by Val Bugh


Mordellistena cervicalis (tumbling flower beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Megaphasma denticrus (giant walkingstick, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Lochmaeus bilineata (double-lined prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastema tigris (lantana moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Eubaphe unicolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Prochoerodes lineola (large maple spanworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isophrictis similiella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudopostega albogaleriella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak with messed-up wings)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolomedes triton (fishing spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (adult & larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
      erebidae  Bleptina caradrinalis  Bent-winged Owlet
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet (larva)
      euteliidae  Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Eulithis diversilineata  Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth
        Lychnosea intermicata  Moth
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Hammaptera parinotata  Moth
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (adult & larva)
      crambidae  Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Clepsis peritana  Garden Tortrix
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema abruptana  Leafroller Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth (larva)
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Unknown sp.  Plume Moth (larva)
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      opostegidae  Pseudopostega albogaleriella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus texanella  Texas Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
        Mecas cineracea  Longhorn Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus dimissus  Firefly
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      anthribidae  Euparius marmoreus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
        Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
      nabidae  Nabis capsiformis  Damsel Bug
      miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Coelidia olitoria  Leafhopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
        Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      delphacidae  Liburniella ornata  Planthopper
        Stenocranus brunneus  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum coactum  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Leptogenys elongata  ant
      ichneumonidae  Anomalon sp.  Ichneumon
      argidae  Neoptilia tora  Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      muscidae  Stomoxys calcitrans  Stable Fly
        Unknown sp.  Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Unknown sp.  Mosquito
      tipulidae  Nephrotoma sp.  Tiger Crane Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      pisauridae  Dolomedes triton  Fishing Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      corinnidae  Trachelus sp.  Spider
        Phryrotimpus borealis  Spider

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