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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was warm and partly sunny as twelve volunteers contributed to this week's survey. The termites shown below are not the typical structural pests of buildings and fences. These "higher termites" have nasute soldiers that squirt a chemical out of their pointed heads to deter ants from disturbing the workers as they forage on dead plant material.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Vespula squamosa (southern yellowjacket)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliopetes macaira (Turk's-cap white-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliopetes laviana (laviana white-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nise (mimosa yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Virbia ferruginosa (rusty virbia)
photo by Val Bugh


Isogona snowi (Snow's owlet)
photo by Val Bugh


Oenobotys vinotinctalis (wine-tinted oenobotys)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue & rover ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Tenuirostritermes sp. (termite soldiers & worker)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Diolcus chrysorrhoeus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Empicoris sp. (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Myodocha serripes (long-necked seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborer)
photo by Dan Zinn


Styloxus fulleri (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Hamana manifesta (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum vicinum (autumn meadowhawk)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider eating queen)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Soil Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Asterocampa sp.  Emperor
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nise  Mimosa Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Leptotes cassius  Cassius Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
      noctuidae  Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Isogona snowi  Snow's Owlet
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Virbia ferruginosa  Rusty Virbia
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (adult & larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Oenobotys vinotinctalis  Wine-tinted Oenobotys
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Lineodes triangulalis  Moth
        Fissicrambus profanellus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Peach Fruitworm Moth
      blastobasidae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Algarobius bottimeri  Bean Weevil
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
      trogidae  Trox sp.  Hide Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Harpalus sp.  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Trigonotylus sp.  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
        Rhinacloa forticornis  Western Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Empicoris sp.  Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
        Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chinavia hilaris  Green Stink Bug
        Chinavia marginata  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Balclutha rubrostriata  Leafhopper
        Hamana manifesta  Leafhopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      tiphiidae  Tiphia sp.  Tiphiid Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant
        Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
        Trachymyrmex turrifex  Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas marmoratus  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig

    isoptera  termitidae  Tenuirostritermes sp.  Nasutiform Termite

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Oecetis cinerascens  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      pisauridae  Pisaurina mira  Nursery Web Spider

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