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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was very warm and heavily overcast as nine volunteers conducted this week's survey. The large and familiar female Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are still months away from reaching maturity. At this time, they are tiny and gray, living in small webs close to the ground, as shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Strangalia virilis (flower longhorn)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hemierana marginata (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Smicronyx lineolatus (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Omophoita cyanipennis (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula luctuosa (widow skimmer, teneral male)
photo by Val Bugh


Telebasis salva (desert firetail, mature male)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia parva, A. laticosta & A. conica (planthoppers)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus planthopper nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus cressoni (tubeworm moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Acrolophus griseus (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudosermyle strigata (walking stick nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Atacta brasiliensis (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum avidum (flower fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Protandrena sp. (bees mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Ectemnius sp. (digger wasps mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Euglandina singleyana (striate wolf snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Lepomis cyanellus (green sunfish)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia poultoni (male & female jumping spiders)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper, mature male)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider,
immature female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Flycatcher (Myiarchus sp.)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians & Fish:
    Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
    Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Chigger (Unknown sp.)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      blastobasidae  Pigritia sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Disonycha fumata  Flea Beetle
        Kuschelina petaurista  Flea Beetle
      carabidae  Cyclotrachelus constrictus  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Lecontella brunnea  Checkered Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
        Hemierana marginata  Longhorn Beetle
        Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  Firefly
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      curculionidae  Anthonomus fulvus  Weevil
        Smicronyx lineolatus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      nabidae  Nabis capsiformis  Damsel Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (adult & nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
        Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Scaphoideus sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia clarior  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
        Entylia carinata  Treehopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
        Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
        Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper
      derbidae  Cedusa sp.  Planthopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
        Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      crabronidae  Ectemnius sp.  Digger Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Camponotus texanus  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly (pupa & larva)
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Ormia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Atacta brasiliensis  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      bibionidae  Plecia nearctica  Lovebug
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus fasciatus  Slender Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
      gryllidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket (nymph)

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

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig
        Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      gnaphosidae  Herpyllus ecclesiasticus  Parson Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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