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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven completed this week's survey under warm, heavily overcast conditions. In an intriguing interaction shown below between plant and animal, a liberated bluebonnet seed was apparently caught on an Artemisia leaf just below the foam mass produced by a spittlebug nymph. The liquid contacting the seed apparently caused it to germinate, but the root probably cannot reach the 8 inches or so to the ground.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Aedes albopictus (male Asian tiger mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (platygastrid wasps)
photo by Val Bugh


Zygoballus rufipes (hammer-jawed jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper eating ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Steatoda triangulosa (checkered cobweb weaver with captured scarab)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Unknown sp. (spittlebug nymph foam mass
with germinating bluebonnet seed)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Podisus maculiventris (predatory stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Parcoblatta sp. (wood roach)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnoptera bilunata (cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudomops septentrionalis (pale-bordered field cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch with deformed wings)
photo by Val Bugh


Platynota flavedana (black-shaded platynota moth & exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Tornos scolopacinaria (dimorphic gray)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Etiella zinckenella (gold-banded etiella)
photo by Val Bugh


Cremastobombycia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylesthia pruniramiella (Clemen's bark moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archilochus colubris (ruby-throated hummingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Tripudia balteata  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
      erebidae  Phytometra orgiae  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray (adult & larva)
        Eulithis diversilineata  Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta sp.  Pyrausta Moth (larva)
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Etiella zinckenella  Gold-banded Etiella
      tortricidae  Bactra furfurana  Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Clepsis peritana  Garden Tortrix
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Pigritia murtfeldtella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gracillariidae  Cremastobombycia sp.  Moth
      tineidae  Xylesthia pruniramiella  Clemen's Bark Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus texanella  Texas Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Anomoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Agrilus addendus  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
        Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  Firefly
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      elateridae  Melanotus sp.  Click Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Anthonomus fulvus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Orsilochides sp.  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug (nymph)
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Coelidia olitoria  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
        Vanduzea sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
        Acanalonia parva  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      delphacidae  Pissonotus sp.  Planthopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      platygastridae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Monomorium minimum  Little Black Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
        Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Pimpla sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fuscipennis  Flower Fly
        Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (pupa)
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      muscidae  Helina sp.  Fly
        Neomyia cornicina  Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge
        Asteromyia carbonifera  Gall Midge (larva)

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket

    blattodea  ectobiidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach
        Parcoblatta sp.  Wood Roach
        Ischnoptera bilunata  Cockroach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  araneidae  Araneus detrimentosus  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Colonus sylvanus  Jumping Spider
        Zygoballus rufipes  Hammer-jawed Jumper
      theridiidae  Steatoda triangulosa  Checkered Cobweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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