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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was warm and overcast as five volunteers participated in this week's survey. Bumble bees carry pollen in a corbicula, or pollen basket, which is a modified area on each hind leg (see image below). The pollen is combed, scraped and pressed into this structure; hairs around the edge of the pollen glob hold it in place.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Marpissa pikei (pike slender jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha sp. (longjawed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Apiomerus spissipes (bee assassin)
photo by Val Bugh


Myodocha serripes (long-necked seed bug)
photo by Dan Zinn


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Phera insolita (sharpshooter, with brochosomes)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperotettix speciosus (showy grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula montezuma (Montezuma's grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee corbicula)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrilus addendus (metallic woodborers mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Disonycha sp. (flea beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak larva with attendant ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Amblyscirtes celia (Celia's roadside-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (southern emerald)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eublemma recta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Heterocampa astartoides (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Urola nivalis (snowy urola)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus heppneri (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hydropsyche sp. (netspinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
      noctuidae  Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Eublemma recta  Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
        Heterocampa astartoides  Prominent
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Palpita gracialis  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      oecophoridae  Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
        Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Keiferia glochinella  Eggplant Leafminer Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
      yponomeutidae  Argyresthia sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Disonycha sp.  Flea Beetle (larva)
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Seed Beetle
      coccinellidae  Psyllobora renifer  Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia hubbardi  Longhorn Beetle
        Eburia haldemani  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus addendus  Metallic Woodborer
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Chinavia marginata  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
        Phera insolita  Sharpshooter
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius irroratus  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Illinigina illinoiensis  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Entylia carinata  Treehopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper (nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Marpissa pikei  Pike Slender Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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