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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Two people conducted this survey, with hot and humid conditions typical of July here in Austin. Occasional cloud cover helped keep us from getting too overheated and sightings were varied and numerous. Five species of skipper caterpillars, many Red Saddlebags (dragonflies) feeding on the wing, several kinds of mosquitoes, and an odd little diurnal geometrid moth (Fernaldella fimetaria) that resembles a tiny butterfly were among the highlights.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Brachynemurus sp. (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemodus mavortius (seed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Aeolus scutellatus (click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Hydrometra sp. (marsh treaders)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper eating leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper eating peppered jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Mermiria sp. (slant-faced grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Psorophora ciliata (gallinipper, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Psorophora longipalpis (mosquito, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Fernaldella fimetaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyciodes phaon (phaon crescent)
photo by Val Bugh


Phlegyas abbreviatus (seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthemis ferruginea (roseate skimmer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerema accius (clouded skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Epargyreus clarus (silver-spotted skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Strangalia sexnotata (flower longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug eating spider and hunting)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (adult & eggs)
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper (adult & larva)
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (larva)
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (larva)
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm
        Bagisara rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis levipedella  Moth
      geometridae  Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    diptera  culicidae  Psorophora ciliata  Gallinipper
        Psorophora longipalpis  Mosquito
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      rhagionidae  Chrysopilus sp.  Snipe Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn
      scarabaeidae  Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle
      elateridae  Aeolus scutellatus  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      coreidae  Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (adult & nymph)
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas abbreviatus  Seed Bug
      hydrometridae  Hydrometra sp.  Marsh Treader
      pentatomidae  Acrosternum hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Euschistus obscurus  Brown Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (eggs)
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Brochymena arborea  Rough Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
        Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
      chalcididae  Unknown sp.  Chalcid Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      scoliidae  Triscolia ardens  Scoliid Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Spurthroat
        Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    phasmatodea  heteronemiidae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    neuroptera  myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Spider
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver

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