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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eleven participated in this week's survey under hot and partly sunny conditions. Two very different small wasps in the family vespidae are shown below. The mason wasp is solitary and will put the paralyzed caterpillar prey into a nest as food for her offspring. The Mexican honey wasp is social and the sterile worker collects nectar and aphid honeydew for the hive's store of honey.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Odontoloxozus longicornis (cactus fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Aedes aegypti (yellow-fever mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Xanthomelanodes sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Physocephala texana (thick-headed fly)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Brachygastra mellifica (Mexican honey wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantises mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Tornos scolopacinaria (dimorphic gray)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Spragueia guttata (spotted spragueia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pareuchaetes insulata (yellow-winged pareuchaetes)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Elasmia sp. (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx with egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiscolopendra marginata (Florida blue centipede)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Eastern Screech-owl (Megascops asio)
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Florida Blue Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent (larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth (larva)
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Spragueia guttata  Spotted Spragueia Moth
      erebidae  Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
        Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Pyrausta tyralis  Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Chionodes phalacra  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (adult & pupa)
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Pseudopachybrachius basalis  Seed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Reuteroscopus ornatus  Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Thyanta maculata  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Chlorotettix sp.  Leafhopper
        Menosoma cincta  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus pratensis  Mason Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      neriidae  Odontoloxozus longicornis  Cactus Fly
      conopidae  Physocephala texana  Thick-headed Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda lanipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Xanthomelanodes sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Aedes aegypti  Yellow-fever Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista azteca  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichopoda  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      tetragnathidae  Leucauge venusta  Orchard Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver

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