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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was hot and sunny as ten volunteers contributed to this week's survey. When a male dragonfly naiad molts and leaves the water as an adult, it usually at first resembles a female. Only after a few days do the brilliant mature colors develop. Two Neon Skimmers shown below illustrate this amazing change.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Promachus hinei (robber fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Apiomerus spissipes (bee assassin)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus tetracanthus (four-spined assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Phylloscelis atra (black leaf-leg)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (teneral citrus planthoppers with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer, teneral & mature males)
photo by Dan Zinn


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio troilus (spicebush swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes texana (Texan crescent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Dan Zinn


Phyciodes tharos (pearl crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Cisthene tenuifascia (thin-banded lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Petrophila jaliscalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Paederus sp. (rove beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Trogomorpha arrogans (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Lepisosteus oculatus (spotted gar)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    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)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

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

  • Reptiles & Fish:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Rio Grande Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus)
    Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus)

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

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent (adult & larva)
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio troilus  Spicebush Swallowtail (larva)
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Thin-banded Lichen Moth
        Hyphantria cunea  Fall Webworm (larva)
      geometridae  Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cochylis sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Pigritia murtfeldtella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Anomoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  Firefly
      staphylinidae  Paederus sp.  Rove Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      anthribidae  Euparius marmoreus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Mozena obtusa  Mesquite Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus cervicalis  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Sinea sp.  Spined Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Trichopepla semivittata  Stink Bug
        Brochymena arborea  Rough Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Oncometopia orbona  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Phera insolita  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomytra microrhina  Planthopper (nymph)
        Phylloscelis atra  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      coccidae  Parthenolecanium sp.  Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Ceratina cobaltina  Small Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus crypticus  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Auplopus mellipes  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus texanus  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha arrogans  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (pupa)
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus fasciatus  Slender Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket
        Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket

    blattodea  ectobiidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Nodita americana  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      pholcidae  Holocnemus pluchei  Marbled Cellar Spider

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