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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was delightfully cool then warm and sunny as nine volunteers conducted this week's survey. With many caterpillars in evidence, it is not surprising to find some that are killed by parasitoids. The Mummy Wasp shown below is so called because it turns its caterpillar host into a hard outer casing to protect the wasp pupa until it emerges as an adult.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Heterocampa umbrata (white-blotched heterocampa larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Litodonta hydromeli (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Helcoverpa zea (corn earworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca rustica (rustic sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Nematocampa resistaria (horned spanworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Aleiodes sp. (braconid wasp pupa in dead caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isogona scindens (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Stiria intermixta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Phoebis agarithe (large orange sulphur, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile sp. (leafcutter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyonissus griphus (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Oligonicella scudderi (Scudder's mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Diapheromera sp. (walking stick, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Gasteracantha cancriformis (spiny-backed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Helobdella sp. (leech)
photo by Val Bugh


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

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • 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)

  • Misc.:
    Leech (Helobdella sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Heliconius charithonia  Zebra Heliconian
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (larva)
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper (adult & larva)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Emarginea percara  Beloved Emarginea
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm (larva)
        Schinia thoreaui  Thoreau's Flower Moth (larva)
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Stiria intermixta  Moth
        Thioptera nigrofimbria  Black-bordered Lemon Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Magusa divaricata  Orbed Narrow-wing
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Isogona scindens  Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
      euteliidae  Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
        Heterocampa umbrata  White-blotched Heterocampa (larva)
        Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent (larva)
      sphingidae  Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm (larva)
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Conchylodes ovulalis  Zebra Conchylodes
        Stemorrhages costata  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Sparganothoides lentiginosana  Lentiginos Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Antaeotricha sp.  Bird-dropping Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Heraeus plebejus  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper (nymph)
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
      megachilidaee  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      braconidae  Aleiodes sp.  Mummy Wasp (pupa)

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista azteca  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)
        Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver

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