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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was comfortably cool and partly sunny for the eight participants in this week's survey, which happened to be number 300 since the Fauna Project was initiated in 2010. Wolf spiders (family lycosidae) come in a wide range of sizes. Two adults are shown below to illustrate the comparison between a very small species and a rather large one.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Panorpa nuptialis (scorpionfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Micromus sp. (brown lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Disonycha leptolineata (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Gyponana sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Samea baccatalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemeroplanis scopulepes (variable tropic moth)
photo by Val Bugh


(quartet of butterflies nectaring on coneflower)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper, rather wet)
photo by Val Bugh


Polites vibex (whirlabout)
photo by Val Bugh


Urbanus dorantes (dorantes longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Schizocosa sp. & Rabidosa rabida
(size comparison of wolf spiders)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx)
photo by Val Bugh


Carduelis psaltria (lesser goldfinch)
photo by Dvori Bird

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Halloween Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Ascia monuste  Great Southern White
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Copaeodes minima  Southern Skipperling
        Polites vibex  Whirlabout
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Pyrgus oileus  Tropical Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Urbanus dorantes  Dorantes Longtail
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling (larva)
        Anicla infecta  Green Cutworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Trichoplusia ni  Ni Moth (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Choephora fungorum  Bent-line Dart
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth (larva)
        Ptichodis vinculum  Black-tipped Ptichodis
        Mocis latipes  Small Mocis
        Lesmone hinna  Owlet Moth
        Hemeroplanis scopulepes  Variable Tropic Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
      arctiidae  Grammia arge  Moth
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (adult & larva)
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
        Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Pleuroprucha insularia  Common Tan Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Melanchroia chephise  White-tipped Black
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Samea baccatalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      tortricidae  Bactra furfurana  Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      carabidae  Harpalus sp.  Ground Beetle
      elateridae  Scaptolenus sp.  Rain Click Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
        Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug (adult & nymph)
        Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Piezodorus guildinii  Red-banded Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Balclutha rubrostriata  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
        Microplitis sp.  Braconid Wasp (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Aedes aegypti  Yellow-fever Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  hemerobiidae  Micromus sp.  Brown Lacewing

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (egg sac)
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      anyphaenidae  Wulfila sp.  Ghost Spider
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
        Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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