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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of twelve completed this week's survey. The weather was cool, sunny and windy. Bees visit a variety of flowers and may or may not deliver pollen to the appropriate species in a timely manner. The Carpenter Bee shown below has Salvia pollen on its face while also carrying pollinia (pollen sacs) from Antelope Horns Milkweed flowers on its feet and rear end. Additional survey pictures can be viewed on Dvori's Flickr page.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Salvadora grahamiae lineata (Texas patchnose snake)
photo by Dvori Bird


Zopherus concolor (ironclad beetle)
photo by Dan Zinn


Phyllobrotica limbata (leaf beetle)
photo by Dvori Bird


Unknown sp. (green lacewing eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Celticecis cornuata (hackberry horn galls)
photo by Val Bugh


Callophrys henrici (Henry's elfin larva)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Unknown sp. (geometrid moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Spilosoma virginica (Virginia tiger moth larva, or "yellow bear")
photo by Barbara Ribble


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Dan Zinn


Kricogonia lyside (lyside sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Pyrausta pseudonythesalis (pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isogona tenuis (thin-lined owlet)
photo by Val Bugh


Darapsa choerilus (azalea sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia conica (planthopper nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Apateticus lineolatus (predatory stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudoxenetus regalis (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ophion sp. (ichneumon, showing 3 ocelli)
photo by Dvori Bird


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Dyscrasis hendeli (picture-winged fly)
photo by Dvori Bird

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Egret (Ardea alba)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), nest with eggs
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Thessalia theona  Theona Checkerspot
        Megisto cymela  Little Wood-satyr
      pieridae  Kricogonia lyside  Lyside Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (larva & pupa)
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Morrisonia mucens  Gray Woodgrain (larva)
        Ponometia erastrioides  Small Bird Dropping Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (adult & larva)
        Leucania incognita  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Spilosoma virginica  Virginian Tiger Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Eubolina impartialis  Moth
        Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent
        Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
        Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
        Peridea angulosa  Angled Prominent
        Schizura errucata  Prominent
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
        Xylophanes tersa  Tersa Sphinx
        Darapsa choerilus  Azalea Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia (larva)
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (adult & larva)
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown. sp.  Leafroller (larva)
        Sparganothoides lentiginosana  Lentiginos Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug Moth
      depressariidae  Pyramidobela sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      momphidae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug (larva)
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Dibolia borealis  Flea Beetle
        Longitarsus sp.  Flea Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Diabrotica balteata  Banded Cucumber Beetle
        Oulema collaris  Leaf Beetle
        Oulema variabilis  Leaf Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera neglecta  Metallic Woodborer
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      zopheridae  Zopherus concolor  Ironclad Beetle
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (egg)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Lygus lineolaris  Tarnished Plant Bug
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Caulotops distanti  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Pseudoxenetus regalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus sp.  Assassin Bug (eggs)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      tingidae  Teleonemia scrupulosa  Lace Bug
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Apateticus lineolatus  Predatory Stink Bug
        Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (eggs)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Unknown sp.  Leafhopper (eggs)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (adult & nymph)
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Cyrtolobus sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      psyllidae  Heteropsylla sp.  Psyllid
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee (queen)
        Anthophora sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Minixi mexicanum  Mason Wasp
        Ancistrocerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
        Charmon sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Ptilodexia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Paradidyma melania  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      calliphoridae  Calliphora sp.  Blow Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
      bombyliidae  Neacreotrichus sp.  Bee Fly
      ulidiidae  Dyscrasis hendeli  Picture-winged Fly
        Herina sp.  Picture-winged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      muscidae  Synthesiomyia nudiseta  Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      agromyzidae  Liriomyza sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
        Nephrotoma sp.  Tiger Crane Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Celticecis cornuata  Hackberry Horn Gall Midge (larva)
      ceratopogonidae  Forcipomyia sp.  Biting Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Erythrodiplax umbrata  Band-winged Dragonlet
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs & larva)

    trichopoda  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis pictus  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  araneidae  Gea heptagon  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      salticidae  Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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