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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Nine participants contributed to this week's survey; the weather was partly sunny and warm. As caterpillars grow, they shed their skin several times. Each stage (called an instar) is not only larger than the last, but may look quite different. Compare the early instar Cecropia larva on last week's summary with this week's later version shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, male)
photo by Dan Zinn


Nemognatha sp. (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cryptocephalus notatus (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Fidia cana (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Plagiometriona clavata (clavate tortoise beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Coleomegilla maculata (spotted lady beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian lady beetles mating)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Araneus detrimentosus (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Proxys punctulatus (black stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Tylospilus acutissimus (predatory stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochroa ligata (conchuela nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncometopia orbona (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Miogryllus sausurei (eastern striped cricket)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eurythmia angulella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Redectis pygmaea (pygmy redectis moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh


Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's wren nestlings)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Freshwater Limpet (Laevapex fuscus)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch (larva)
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
        Megisto cymela  Little Wood-satyr
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Spragueia jaguaralis  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Redectis pygmaea  Pygmy Redectis Moth
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Pyrausta sp.  Pyrausta Moth (larva)
        Loxostegopsis xanthocrypta  Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth (adult & larva)
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Eurythmia angulella  Moth
      tortricidae  Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Cydia membrosa  Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (pupa)
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
        Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Deltophora sella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      gracillariidae  Micrurapteryx salicifoliella  Willow Leaf-blotch Miner Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Coleomegilla maculata  Spotted Lady Beetle
        Chilocorus cacti  Cactus Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Oulema collaris  Leaf Beetle
        Cryptocephalus notatus  Leaf Beetle
        Fidia cana  Leaf Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  firefly
      curculionidae  Rhinocyllus conicus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Slaterocoris sp.  Plant Bug
      blissidae  Ischnodemus sp.  Chinch Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult, nymph & eggs)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Tylospilus acutissimus  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (adult & nymph)
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper (nymph)
        Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Anthophora sp.  Digger Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leafcutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Parazumia symmorpha  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant (male)

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tephritidae  Euaresta sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      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)
        Miogryllus saussurei  Eastern Striped Cricket
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick (nymph)

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

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Araneus detrimentosus  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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