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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was hot and partly sunny as eight participants contributed to this week's survey. The two bee flies shown below are named more for their larval feeding habits than for any superficial resemblance to bees. The maggots of these flies are parasitic on the larvae of bees and wasps.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Chinavia hilare (green stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Anasa scorbutica (squash bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthrax seriepunctatus (bee fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Exoprosopa sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopoda sp. (feather-legged fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Atomosia melanopogon (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Promachus hinei (robber flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca obscura (obscure bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Paratettix aztecus (pygmy grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Macaria aequiferaria (woody angle)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (camouflaged looper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (argid sawfly larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (argid sawflies: female & male)
photo by Val Bugh


Brachygastra mellifica (Mexican honey wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Enallagma civile (familiar bluet)
photo by Val Bugh


Alobates pensylvanica (false mealworm beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Pentispa melanura (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Picoides scalaris (ladder-backed woodpecker)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Long-eared Sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Adelpha eulalia  Arizona Sister
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (larva)
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
      geometridae  Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Pentispa melanura  Leaf Beetle
        Longitarsus sp.  Flea Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
      mordellidae  Mordella atrata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Alobates pensylvanica  False Mealworm Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena obtusa  Mesquite Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Anasa scorbutica  Squash Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      platygastridae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      argidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly (adult, pupa & larva)

    diptera  bombyliidae  Anthrax seriepunctatus  Bee Fly
        Exoprosopa sp.  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda sp.  Feather-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Euaresta sp.  Fruit Fly
        Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
        Atomosia melanopogon  Robber 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
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
        Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix aztecus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Neonemobius sp.  Ground Cricket
        Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Zygoballus rufipes  Hammer-jawed Jumper
        Colonus sylvanus  Jumping Spider
        Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      pholcidae  Holocnemus pluchei  Marbled Cellar Spider

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