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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had a hot and mostly sunny day as seven volunteers participated in this week's survey. It is very likely that the dead narrowmouth toad we found in one of the ponds (see photo below) drowned during the intense recent rains. These small secretive amphibians eat ants and other insects; they live in burrows or under rocks, frequently cohabiting with rodents, reptiles or tarantulas.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp with chunk of caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorion sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Augochloropsis metallica (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Galerita sp. (false bombardier beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Plectrodera scalator (cottonwood borer)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopepla semivittata (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus politus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flesh flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhynchomitra microrhina (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Amorpha juglandis (walnut sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Eucosma salaciana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper larva with ant walking on it)
photo by Val Bugh


Campylacantha olivacea (fuzzy olive-green grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Eustala anastera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Gastrophryne olivacea (Great Plains narrowmouth toad)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Archilochus alexandri (black-chinned hummingbird)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpole & adult
    Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad (Gastrophryne olivacea), dead in pond
    Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), feeding on dead toad

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Idia aemula  Common Idia
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      arctiidae  Virbia sp.  Moth
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
      sphingidae  Amorpha juglandis  Walnut Sphinx
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
        Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Desmia sp.  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      gelechiidae  Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia stigmatella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Coleomegilla maculata  Spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Plectrodera scalator  Cottonwood Borer
      scarabaeidae  Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
        Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      carabidae  Agonum punctiforme  Ground Beetle
        Galerita sp.  False Bombardier Beetle (larva)
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm
      oedemeridae  Oxacis trirossi  False Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
        Ozophora salsaverdeae  Seed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Keltonia tuckeri  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus sp.  Assassin Bug (eggs)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius irroratus  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      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
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Chlorion sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant
      argidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
        Eustala anastera  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      agelenidae  Barronopsis texana  Funnel Weaver

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