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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was hot, humid and mostly cloudy as seven volunteers completed this week's survey. The extra appendages that insects possess are sometimes located in unusual, but advantageous, places. The photo below of the feasting bird grasshopper shows the insect using its palps, little arm-like structures next to its mouth, to help guide the plant into its jaws.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Melanoplus flabellatus (Dallas short-winged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperotettix speciosus (showy grasshoppers mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Arethaea sp. (thread-legged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus sp. (tree cricket, teneral male with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala femorata (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (shield bug eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito drinking human blood)
photo by Val Bugh


Hoplitis sp. (leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Solenopsis invicta & Chalybion sp. (imported fire ants eating dead wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus & Brachymyrmex patagonicus
(cocklebur weevil & rover ants eating sunflower)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta laticlavia (southern purple mint moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Fernaldella fimetaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Automeris io (Io moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Thamnophis marcianus marcianus (checkered garter snake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Checkered Garter Snake (Thamnophis marcianus marcianus)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      psychidae  Cryptothelea sp.  Bagworm (larva)
        Oiketicus abbotii  Bagworm (pupa)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus  Cocklebur Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala femorata  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
        Unknown sp.  Shield Bug (eggs)
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Hoplitis sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Tachysphex sp.  Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  spider Wasp
      mutillidae  Dasymutilla sp.  Velvet Ant
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha arrogans  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      rhagionidae  Chrysopilus sp.  Snipe Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia translata  Dusky Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (adult & nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider

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