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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven completed this week's survey under very hot and sunny conditions. Some wasps are so tiny they are hard to see. The aphelinid shown below (at 1.5 mm, it is dwarfed by the nearby butterfly) belongs to a family that includes important biological controls of pest species. Such little wasps can complete their development inside a planthopper, aphid or even an insect egg.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Perithemis tenera (eastern amberwing, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum vicinum (autumn meadowhawk, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Thionia elliptica (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Episcirrus brachialis (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Cryptocephalus leucomelas (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Bicyrtes quadrifasciata (sand wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (aphelinid wasp beside a Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes texana (Texan crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache aprica (exposed bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spragueia jaguaralis (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Cobubatha lixiva (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Fernaldella fimetaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peoria tetradella (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Dichomeris inversella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aetole tripunctella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Micrurapteryx salicifoliella (willow leaf-blotch miner moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelegrina galathea (peppered jumper, female)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Spragueia jaguaralis  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Spodoptera exigua  Beet Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Melipotis acontioides  Royal Poinciana Moth
        Tetanolita mynesalis  Smoky Tetanolita
        Cecharismena jalapena  Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
      oecophoridae  Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Coleotechnites eryngiella  Moth
        Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      gracillariidae  Micrurapteryx salicifoliella  Willow Leaf-blotch Miner Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus leucomelas  Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Chilocorus cacti  Cactus Lady Beetle
      carabidae  Plochionus timidus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle
        Phileurus valgus  Scarab
        Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      curculionidae  Episcirrus brachialis  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed bug
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
        Chlorotettix sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Ollarianus strictus  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
        Flatormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Entylia carinata  Treehopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      coccidae  Pulvinaria sp.  Cottony Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes quadrifasciata  Sand Wasp
      aphelinidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      trixoscelididae  Trixoscelis sp.  Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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