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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of four conducted this week's survey under warm, overcast conditions with occasional light rain. Insect nymphs can sometimes look quite different from the adults. Examples of two acanaloniid planthoppers with their brown nymphs are shown below. The colorful Aztec spurthroat grasshopper nymph, on the other hand, will eventually turn into a drab looking brown adult!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia conica (acanaloniid planthopper adult & nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia laticosta (acanaloniid planthopper adult & nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Aidemona azteca (Aztec spurthroat nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta laticlavia (southern purple mint moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Goya stictella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta peralbata (white wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Anaea aidea (tropical leafwing pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Phengodes sp. (glowworm, male)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Donacia sp. (aquatic leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Mordella mexicana (tumbling flower beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Psorophora cyanescens (mosquito after having a good meal)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx)
photo by Val Bugh


Hamataliwa grisea (gray lynx)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Cardinalis cardinalis (northern cardinal)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing (pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (pupa)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (pupa & larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
      nolidae  Baileya australis  Small Baileya
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Pero meskaria  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Goya stictella  Moth
      tortricidae  Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      pterophoridae  Hellinsia sp.  Plume Moth
      tineidae  Tinea apicimaculella  Dark-collared Tinea Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      mordellidae  Mordella mexicana  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      oedemeridae  Oxacis cana  False Blister Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      lampyridae  Photinus dimissus  Firefly
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm
      curculionidae  Epicaerus sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha sp.  Lace Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      miridae  Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Lopidea sp.  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
        Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
        Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus sp.  Mosquito
        Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec spurthroat (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (adult & nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Net-spinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      theridiidae  Parasteatoda tepidariorum  Common House Spider

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