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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of ten volunteers completed this week's survey under hot and partly sunny conditions. One of the best allies that plants have in the war on herbivores is the flower fly larva shown below. The green and white maggot crawls about on leaves, greedily consuming aphids. The adult fly is a pollinator.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Rabidosa rabida (rabid wolf spider with babies)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (meshweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Anax junius (common green darner ovipositing)
photo by Dan Zinn


Sphecodes sp. (sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Dan Zinn


Arhyssus sp. (scentless plant bug eggs hatching)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug nymph)
photo by Dan Zinn


Sphyrocoris obliquus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio glaucus (eastern tiger swallowtail, rather worn)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliopetes laviana (laviana white-skipper, very worn)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue, pristine)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nerice bidentata (double-toothed prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Altica sp. (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphaenothecus bivittata (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula montezuma (Montezuma's grasshopper)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Dioprosopa clavata (flower fly larva with prey)
photo by Val Bugh


Bradybaena similaris (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog & toad tadpole)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Polioptila caerulea (blue-gray gnatcatcher)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), tracks

  • Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles
    Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Heliconius charithonia  Zebra Heliconian
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio glaucus  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
      noctuidae  Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth
      crambidae  Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      gelechiidae  Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      curculionidae  Lixus sp.  Weevil
        Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (nymph)
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
        Heraeus plebejus  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug (egg & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Acinopterus sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen resh  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Sphecodes sp.  Sweat Bee
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly (larva)
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Colonus puerpera  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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