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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm, mostly cloudy and breezy as eight volunteers participated in this week's survey. The flat-faced small carpenter ant alate shown below is not your typical household pest. This species lives in woody oak galls. The queen and the workers she produces use their oddly-shaped heads to plug the tiny entrance to their nest, keeping predators from entering.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Promachus hinei (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dythemis fugax (checkered setwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphecius speciosus (cicada killer)
photo by Val Bugh


Camponotus etiolatus (carpenter ant alate)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceuthophilus sp. (camel cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Orphulella speciosa (pasture grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Disonycha leptolineata (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Jadera coturnix (scentless plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus phyllopus (eastern leaf-footed bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Nectopsyche sp. (white miller - a kind of caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Petrophila kearfottalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta laticlavia (southern purple mint moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Condica sutor (the cobbler larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Polygonia interrogationis (question mark)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabidosa rabida (rabid wolf spider)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake tail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpole & adult
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpole & adult

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Florida Blue Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & pupa)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & egg)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Copaeodes minima  Southern Skipperling
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Condica sutor  The Cobbler (larva)
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Virbia sp.  Moth
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva & pupa)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (adult & larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Petrophila kearfottalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Capperia raptor  Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
        Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera coturnix  Scentless Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Entylia carinata  Treehopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile fortis  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Chlorion sp.  Wasp
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      formicidae  Camponotus etiolatus  Carpenter Ant (alate)
        Camponotus texanus  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      stratiomyidae  Cyphomyia erecta  Soldier Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Dythemis fugax  Checkered Setwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Orphulella speciosa  Pasture Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback
      gryllidae  Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      leptoceridae  Nectopsyche sp.  White Miller

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Eustala anastera  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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