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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was warm and mostly cloudy as eight participants completed this week's survey. Tree crickets are more often heard than seen. The males (see below) vibrate their large wings to make a high-pitched trilling sound. Although they call during the day, locating a singing individual is very difficult.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid nymph)
photo by Art Prennace


Litaneutra minor (ground mantis)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphacelodes vulneraria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lychnosea intermicata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon istapa (mallow scrub-hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema proterpia (tailed orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Dalquestia formosa (Halloween harvestman)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumesosoma roeweri (harvestman with mites)
photo by Val Bugh


Xysticus sp. (crab spider eating stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecidea major (grass stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala declivis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada pusilla (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Diaperis nigronotata (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomoea rufifrons (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Micrurus fulvius tenere (Texas coral snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius tenere)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Mite (Leptus sp.)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma roeweri)
    Halloween Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & pupa)
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/white Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (pupa)
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm Moth (adult & larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera albula  Gray Streaked Armyworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Condica confederata  Confederate Moth (larva)
        Choephora fungorum  Bent-line Dart
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      notodontidae  Peridea angulosa  Angled Prominent (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Costaconvexa controstrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Sphacelodes vulneraria  Moth
        Lychnosea intermicata  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (adult & larva)
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Achyra bifidalis  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Loxostegopsis xanthocrypta  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Peach Fruitworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
      glyphipterigidae  Glyphipterix circumscriptella  Sedge Moth
      momphidae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      gracillariidae  Micrurapteryx salicifoliella  Willow Leaf-blotch Miner Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Anomoea rufifrons  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Diaperis nigronotata  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Scaptolenus sp.  Rain Click Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
        Carabus sylvosus  Ground Beetle
      bostrichidae  Xylobiops basilaris  Powder-post Beetle
      zopheridae  Sesaspis emarginatus  Ironclad Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Lygaeospilus tripunctatus  Seed Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
        Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Trigonotylus pulcher  Plant Bug
        Reuteroscopus sp.  Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma nicholi  Yucca Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilaris  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Rugosana sp.  Leafhopper
        Ponana punctipennis  Leafhopper
      kermesidae  Allokermes sp.  Gall-like Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Eremnophila aureonotata  Thread-waisted Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Chrysomya sp.  Blow Fly
        Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas marmoratus  Tachinid Fly
      tabanidae  Tabanus atratus  Black Horse Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Walshomyia sabinae  Gall Midge (larva)

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

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

    mantodea  mantidae  Litaneutra minor  Ground Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Micromus subanticus  Brown Lacewing
      mantispidae  Dichromantispa sayi  Mantisfly

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Colonus sylvanus  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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