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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight volunteers completed this week's survey; the weather was hot and partly sunny. The workers in a bumble bee hive are all female, but once the colony is large enough to support them, males (drones) are produced from the queen's unfertilized eggs. As shown below, the males lack pollen baskets, have different coloration, and are a little larger than workers.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Arethaea sp. (thread-legged katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Amblycorypha huasteca (Texas false katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Conocephalus strictus (straight-lanced meadow katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Placosternus difficilis (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee: worker & drone)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (eupelmid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Asterocampa celtis (hackberry emperor)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Dan Zinn


Uloborus glomosus (feather-legged orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis
(young Texas spotted whiptail eating caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh


Graptemys versa (Texas map turtle)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing (larva)
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  cerambycidae  Placosternus difficilis  Longhorn Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria mozardi  Clover Stem Borer
      dytiscidae  Neoporus dimidiatus  Predaceous Diving Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia scrupulosa  Lace Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Neocoelidia tumidifrons  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
        Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      eupelmidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp

    diptera  asilidae  Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower 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
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Pantala sp.  Glider
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

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

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Colonus puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver

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