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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had six participants this week. The weather was hot, humid and mostly sunny. Although the Northern Paper Wasp shown below looks threatening, it is harmless. Male wasps do not have stingers; the yellow face and curled antennae are clues to its gender.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Euodynerus pratensis (mason wasp with paralyzed caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Euodynerus hidalgo (mason wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes fuscatus (northern paper wasp, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp digging nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Agapostemon sp. (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Apis mellifera (honey bee with very colorful pollen!)
photo by Val Bugh


Harrisina coracina (grapeleaf skeletonizer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus sp. (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aglossa cuprina (grease moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anicla infecta (green cutworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Gnorimoschema saphirinella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Glaphyria fulminalis (black-patched glaphyria)
photo by Val Bugh


Systasea pulverulenta (Texas powdered-skipper)
photo by Dan Zinn


Wallengrenia otho (southern broken-dash)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura posita (fragile forktail, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (cobweb spider securing millipede in its web)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxidus gracilis (greenhouse millipede pile)
photo by Val Bugh


Trachemys scripta elegans (red-eared slider)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis), thousands!

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
      noctuidae  Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca quinquemaculata  Five-spotted Hawk Moth
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Glaphyria fulminalis  Black-patched Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Pyrausta sp.  Moth (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
        Aglossa cuprina  Grease Moth
      tortricidae  Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
        Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
        Gnorimoschema saphirinella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Dichomeris setosella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Pseudopachybrachius basalis  Seed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha marmorata  Chrysanthemum Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Paraphlepsius sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Acinopterus angulatus  Leafhopper
        Erythroneura vulnerata  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Northern Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus pratensis  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant (alate)

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
      tetridae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (nymph)
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black-and-yellow Garden Spider
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Eustala anastera  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver
      theridiidae  Unknown sp.  Cobweb Spider

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