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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The Dog Days of summer are here and we felt it. Five people participated in this survey. We missed the best sighting of all, which was a reported bobcat near the library building the previous evening. Two snakes, within five feet of each other, though, were certainly fascinating. We also witnessed an Olympic leap by the leopard frog just after we photographed it. Notable numbers of bumble bees show that these important pollinators are having a very good year.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider) eating queen
(with silver dewdrop spider at right)
photo by Val Bugh

Artace cribrarius (dot-lined white)
photo by Val Bugh

Bombus pensylvanicus (bumble bee)
photo by Val Bugh

Oecleus sp. (cixiid plant hopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Euphyes vestris (dun skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Acanthocephala sp. (coreid bug egg)
photo by Val Bugh

Synchlora frondaria (southern emerald)
photo by Val Bugh

Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (green lacewing eggs)
photo by Val Bugh

Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes carolina (red wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes metricus (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Phyciodes phaon (phaon crescent)
photo by Val Bugh

Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian skipper pupa)
photo by Val Bugh

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

Jalysus sp. (stilt bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Thiodina sylvana (jumping spider eating clouded skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) nesting
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    Bobcat (Lynx rufus) sighted previous evening

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Eastern Blackneck Garter Snake (Thamnophis cyrtopsis)
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Snake Skin (Unknown sp.)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Epargyreus clarus  Silver-spotted Skipper (adult & larva)
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (pupa)
      noctuidae  Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Bagisara rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      lasiocampidae  Artace cribrarius  Dot-lined White
      notodontidae  Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Disclisioprocta stellata  Somber Carpet
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      crambidae  Glaphyria peremptalis  Moth

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph & adult)
        Acanthocephala sp.  Coreid Bug (egg)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
      Berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Brochymena arborea  Rough Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela

    homoptera  cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Sphecius speciosus  Cicada Killer
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
      apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  Bumble Bee

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Misumenops sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
      theriidae  Argyrodes nephilae  Silver Dewdrop Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx Spider

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