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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and sunny as seven volunteers participated in this week's survey. The image of the paper wasp nest shown below includes eggs, larvae and pupae (with their white silk covers), as well as both a recently emerged adult (dark eyes) and an older adult (light eyes). The wasps will add more paper to the cells with larvae to accommodate their growth.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Perithemis tenera (eastern amberwing, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa parkinsoniae (large carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum tamaulipanum (flower fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh moths mating)
photo by Dan Zinn


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail larvae)
photo by Val Bugh


Desmia sp. (moth larva)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Automeris io (Io moth eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Zopherus concolor (ironclad beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Zopherus nodulosus (ironclad beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Sphyrocoris obliquus (shield bug nymph & adult)
photo by Val Bugh


Alydus pilosulus (broad-headed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Jadera haematoloma (red-shouldered bug)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Zenaida macroura (mourning dove)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (eggs)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (larva & adult)
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      zopheridae  Zopherus concolor  Ironclad Beetle
        Zopherus nodulosus  Ironclad Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug (nymph)
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug (adult & nymph)
        Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Dendrocoris humeralis  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
        Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing
      coenagrionidae  Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx

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