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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of five completed this week's survey. It was cold, sunny and very windy, following a hail storm the previous night. While many stink bugs feed on the juice of plants, some are predators. Two in the latter category are shown below, one with its preferred prey: a caterpillar.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lopidea major (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Agonoscelis puberla (African cluster bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Brochymena sp. (rough stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Podisus maculiventris (predatory stink bug eating Lactura larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactura sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary larva)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Psychomorpha epimenis (grapevine epimenis larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Papiloi polyxenes (black swallowtail, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Agrilus fallax (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Lucilia sp. (blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Paracantha sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypsosinga rubens (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Mimus polyglottos (northern mockingbird)
photo by Val Bugh


hail remaining from previous night's storm
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva & pupa)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      noctuidae  Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (larva)

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus fallax  Metallic Woodborer
      curculionidae  Rhinocyllus conicus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Agonoscelis puberla  African Cluster Bug (adult & nymph)
        Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Scaphytopius sp.  Leafhopper
      aphalaridae  Pachypsylla sp.  Hackberry Psyllid
      triozidae  Baeoalitriozus diospyri  Persimmon Psyllid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.  Frit Fly
      tephritidae  Paracantha sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    blattodea  polyphagidae  Arenivaga sp.  Sand Roach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      araneidae  Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver

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