previousindexnext   
  ABC > Home > THE FAUNA PROJECT > Survey October 20, 2016


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eleven participated in this week's survey. The weather was warm, mostly cloudy, and included light rain as a cool front moved into the area. Parasitoids are parasites that eventually kill their host. In examples shown below, the wasps that developed in the caterpillar, and the fungus that did the same to the gall midge, both fed on the victim and, to optimize their own survival, controlled its behavior.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Systasea pulverulenta (Texas powdered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blues mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema proterpia (tailed orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Psamatodes abydata (dot-lined angle)
photo by Val Bugh


Rindgea subterminata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Goniapteryx servia (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Mompha sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia nundina (goldenrod flower moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Condica videns & Microplitis sp. (white-dotted groundling larva
& braconid wasp cocoons)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus femurrubrum (red-legged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Trigonotylus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica balteata (banded cucumber beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall midge killed by fungus)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes sp. (potter wasp nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (long-legged mite)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Long-legged Mite (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth (larva)
        Schinia nundina  Goldenrod Flower Moth (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
      erebidae  Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (adult & larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (adult & larva)
        Virbia aurantiaca  Orange Holomelina Moth
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
        Xylophanes tersa  Tersa Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Rindgea subterminata  Moth
        Digrammia californiaria  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Ommatospila narcaeusalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus Moth
        Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Donacaula sp.  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eucosma sp.  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Axion plagiatum  Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica balteata  Banded Cucumber Beetle
        Algarobius bottimeri  Seed Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
        Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      lygaeidae  Neortholomus scolopax  Seed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & egg)
        Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Reuteroscopus ornatus  Plant Bug
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
        Trigonotylus sp.  Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Polyamia sp.  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius sp.  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Empoasca sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Flatormenis sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Eumenes sp.  Potter Wasp (nest)
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
      braconidae  Microplitis sp.  Braconid Wasp (pupa)

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
        Hippiscus ocelote  Wrinkled Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    psocoptera  psocidae  Unknown sp.  Barklouse

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver

previousindexnext   
  ABC > Home > THE FAUNA PROJECT > Survey October 20, 2016