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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven participated in this week's survey under warm, cloudy conditions. With their scale-covered wings and long antennae, caddisflies (see one example below) bear a superficial resemblance to moths. In fact, the two orders share several traits and are rather closely related, having evolved from a common ancestor.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Chlosyne janais (crimson patch)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail larva)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Bleptina inferior (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cochylis hospes (banded sunflower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cosmopterix sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Potamyia flava (netspinning caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Notoxus calcaratus (antlike flower beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus cervicalis (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus luridus (assassin bug nymph eating bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion with mites)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha sp. (longjawed orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Archilochus alexandri (black-chinned hummingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Bufo nebulifer (gulf coast toad)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Mite (Leptus sp.), on scorpion
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Chlosyne janais  Crimson Patch
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (larva)
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
      noctuidae  Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
      erebidae  Bleptina inferior  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
      crambidae  Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis hospes  Banded Sunflower Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Unknown sp.  Plume Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
      cosmopterigidae  Cosmopterix sp.  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha eloisella  Red-streaked Mompha Moth
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Cryptocephalus notatus  Leaf Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Helops farctus  Darkling Beetle
      anthicidae  Notoxus calcaratus  Antlike Flower Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Liorhyssus hyalinus  Hyaline Grass Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Cosmopepla lintneriana  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Scaphoideus sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
        Acanalonia parva  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  muscidae  Helina sp.  Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

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

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket

    blattodea  ectobiidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Nodita sp.  Green Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Sympherobius barberi  Brown Lacewing

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Potamyia flava  Netspinning Caddisfly
      philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Longjawed Orbweaver
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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