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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A group of ten volunteers participated in this week's survey, under hot and sunny conditions. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars are adapted to feed on only one type of plant. Palms are eaten by very few species, but that unusual host is what gives the Palmetto Borer, shown below, its name.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Archilochus alexandri (black-chinned hummingbird fledgling)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Dan Zinn


Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri (Texas rat snake)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Dolichoplana striata (land planarian)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudouroctonus reddelli (Texas cave scorpion)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mecaphesa dubia (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Platycryptus undatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischyrus quadripunctatus (pleasing fungus beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncometopia orbona (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phlegyas annulicrus (seed bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Litoprosopus futilis (palmetto borer larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Systasea pulverulenta (Texas powdered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus cressoni (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Promachus hinei (robber flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea ambulator (walking thread-legged katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus celerinictus (fast-calling tree cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura hastata (citrine forktail)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus 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 Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Texas Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Texas Cave Scorpion (Pseudouroctonus reddelli)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Land Planarian (Dolichoplana striata)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Phyciodes sp.  Crescent (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Spodoptera eridania  Southern Armyworm (larva)
      erebidae  Litoprosopus futilis  Palmetto Borer (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus fulguratus  Leaf Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
        Ischyrus quadripunctatus  Pleasing Fungus Beetle
      elateridae  Glyphonyx sp.  Click Beetle
      hybosoridae  Hybosorus illigeri  Scavenger Scarab
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Strongylium hemistriatum  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas annulicrus  Seed Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Scaphoideus sp.  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
        Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (adult & nymph)
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
        Archasia auriculata  Treehopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly
      heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      theridiidae  Parasteatoda tepidariorum  Common House Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider

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