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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

After a light frost the previous night, the morning was pleasantly cool and sunny as eight people contributed to this week's survey. Ground beetles belong to the large family Carabidae. They are predators, actively hunting down their prey, which they dispatch with strong jaws. The beetle shown below had little trouble catching a grasshopper too cold to jump away.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


hoarfrost on leaf
photo by Val Bugh


Taylorilygus apicalis (very wet plant bug)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Thyanta custator (stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle)
photo by Dvori Bird


Carabus sp. (ground beetle attacking grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Pareuchaetes insulata (yellow-winged pareuchaetes)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Dryas iulia (Julia heliconian)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus eresimus (soldier)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Dan Zinn


Phyciodes texana (Texan crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Colias eurytheme (orange sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Carpodacus mexicanus (house finch)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebe)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Dvori Bird

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Dryas iulia  Julia Heliconian
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (pupa)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Trimerotropis pallidipennis  Pallid-winged Grasshopper
        Encoptolophus subgracilis  Southwestern Dusky Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (eggs)
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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