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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had ten participants on this week's survey. Conditions were mostly sunny and hot. The number of caterpillars we have observed this year is exceptionally low. One reason might be the efficiency of parasitoids (parasites that eventually kill their hosts). The braconid wasp larvae and cocoons shown below are examples.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lestes forficula (rainpool spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher ovipositing)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (stink bug hatchlings)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug nymph)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug adult)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Catorhintha selector (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus cervicalis (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neocoelidia tumidifrons (leafhopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Sobara palliolata (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus ponderosus (ponderous grasshopper)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Anthonomus fulvus (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly eating butterfly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Clogmia albipunctata (moth fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Lesmone hinna (owlet moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia larva)
photo by Dan Zinn


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp larvae eating
Texas powdered-skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale lunata & Microplitis sp. (lunate zale larva & braconid wasp cocoons)
photo by Val Bugh


Sarinda hentzi (antmimic jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hentzia palmarum (long-jawed jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Tyrannus verticalis (western kingbird)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), fresh tracks

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

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus), dead
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (adult & larva)
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      erebidae  Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Lesmone hinna  Owlet Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      gracillariidae  Phyllonorycter fitchella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Anthonomus fulvus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Cosmopepla lintneriana  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Neocoelidia tumidifrons  Leafhopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      diaspididae  Unknown sp.  Scale
      cicadidae  Tibicen sp.  Cicada (exuviae)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Northern Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (larva)
        Microplitis sp.  Braconid Wasp (pupa)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
        Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      psychodidae  Clogmia albopictus  Moth Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      lestidae  Lestes forficula  Rainpool Spreadwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva & egg)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Sarinda hentzi  Antmimic Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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