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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and partly sunny as nine volunteers participated in this week's survey. Three predators shown below are eating their prey. The wasp, however, has only paralyzed the spider it is dragging. Adult wasps eat nectar but their grubs need fresh flesh. The mother wasp will place the live spider in a burrow and lay her egg on it.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Graptemys versa (Texas map turtle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian lady beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Lema sp. (leaf beetle larva - that is poop on its back!)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oebalus pugnax (rice stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neokolla dolobrata (leafhopper pair)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoliarus sp. (cixiid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus pius (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Auplopus sp. (spider wasp dragging spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis eating stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly eating honey bee)
photo by Dan Zinn


Poecilognathus sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green lacewing eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolba hyloeus (pawpaw sphinx)
photo by Dan Zinn


Epiblema chromata (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nerice bidentata (double-toothed prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queens: small & large males)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpole
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpole

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird-dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird-dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Spragueia guttata  Spotted Spragueia Moth
        Spragueia jaguaralis  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      arctiidae  Virbia sp.  Moth
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      sphingidae  Dolba hyloeus  Pawpaw Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Lychnosea intermicata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      pyralidae  Bandera binotella  Moth
        Alpheioides parvulalis  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Elasmopalpus lignosellus  Lesser Cornstalk Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema chromata  Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema sp.  Leaf Beetle (larva)
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle (larva)
        Psyllobora renifer  Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Phera insolita  Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Empoasca sp.  Leafhopper
        Scaphytopius sp.  Leafhopper
        Erythroneura vulnerata  Leafhopper
        Eutettix pictus  Leafhopper
        Neocoelidia tumidifrons  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-Black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Auplopus sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilognathus sp.  Bee Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (pupa)
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina pervaga  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus pius  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider

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