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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was another hot and sunny morning as nine volunteers completed this week's survey. Although they have ominous looking mouthparts reminiscent of those belonging to mosquitoes, we mammals have nothing to fear from the pair of mating crane flies shown below. They use their long proboscises to sip nectar from flowers and do not bite.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Val Bugh


Mexoleon papago (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia immunda (Kiowa dancer)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Megachile fortis (leaf-cutter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Megischus texanus (stephanid wasp ovipositing)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak larva with empty wasp cocoons)
photo by Val Bugh


Limonia sp. (crane flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Hesperotettix speciosus (showy grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Heliopetes macaira (Turk's-cap white-skipper)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper, female)
photo by Dan Zinn


Ancylis comptana (strawberry leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelochrista metariana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Scolops pungens (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Clastoptera octonotata (spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa dubia (crab spider eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Geococcyx californianus (greater roadrunner)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

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

  • Misc.:
    Black-velvet Leatherleaf Slug (Belocaulus angustipes)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Looper (larva)
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
        Fissicrambus quadrinotellus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Ancylis comptana  Strawberry Leafroller Moth
        Pelochrista metariana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
      elateridae  Conoderus bellus  Click Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (egg)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera octonotata  Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      dictyopharidae  Scolops pungens  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Haplaxius sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile fortis  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      stephanidae  Megischus texanus  Stephanid Wasp
      chalcididae  Conura sp.  Chalcid Wasp
      bethylidae  Unknown sp.  Bethylid Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp (pupa)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tabanidae  Tabanus sp.  Horse Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      limoniidae  Limonia sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Mexoleon papago  Antlion

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Gea heptagon  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver

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