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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was hot and partly sunny as nine volunteers participated in this week's survey. Here are two of the clues for telling dragonflies and damselflies apart: The former are usually large and tend to rest with wings spread while the latter are smaller and often hold their wings together. Two examples shown below follow these rules, but the Great Spreadwing, a damselfly, is longer than some dragonflies and, as the name implies, holds its wings open.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Papilio troilus (spicebush swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Calycopis isobeon (dusky-blue groundstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Nastra julia (Julia's skipper)
photo by Dan Zinn


Digrammia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peoria tetradella (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca sexta (Carolina sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher)
photo by Dan Zinn


Argia plana (springwater dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Archilestes grandis (great spreadwing)
photo by Dan Zinn


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Dan Zinn


Campsomeris plumipes (scoliid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Clastoptera sp. (spittlebug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Cotinis nitida (green June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anelosimus studiosus (social cobweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Habronattus fallax (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orbweaver & exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Eriophora edax (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Geococcyx californianus (greater roadrunner)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus 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)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio troilus  Spicebush Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
        Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug (nymph)
        Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee (nest)
        Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      scoliidae  Campsomeris plumipes  Scoliid Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      lestidae  Archilestes grandis  Great Spreadwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Paracyrtophyllus robustus  Truncated True Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    blattodea  blaberidae  Pycnoscelus surinamensis  Surinam Roach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Eriophora edax  Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus fallax  Jumping Spider
        Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      theridiidae  Anelosimus studiosus  Social Cobweb Weaver
      pholcidae  Holocnemus pluchei  Marbled Cellar Spider

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