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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Under hot and sunny conditions, there were seven participants in this week's survey. If you love cannas, then the larva of the Brazilian Skipper is a pest. This large caterpillar, shown below, has transparent skin and feeds rolled up in a leaf. The branching white lines visible in the photo are tracheal tubes: the respiratory system normally hidden within the opaque body of most insects.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Zerene cesonia (southern dogface)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra missing much of its hind wings)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Amblyscirtes celia (Celia's roadside-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian skipper pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating another spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (pentatomoid bug hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh


Scymnus sp. (lady beetle - only about 2 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Microcentrum rhombifolium (greater angle-wing)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum tamaulipanum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dianthidium sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles
    Rio Grande Cichlid (Herichtys cyanoguttatus)
    Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & pupa)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (pupa)
      hesperiidae  Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (larva & pupa)
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      sphingidae  Aellopos titan  Titan Sphinx Moth
      geometridae  Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady 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)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Penthimia americana  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander 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
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower 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 hymenaea  Spot-winged Glider
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing
        Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Colonus sp.  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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