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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was warm and cloudy as five participants conducted this week's survey. The most unusual thing was finding FOUR scorpions, all of whom were eating prey (a moth, a shieldback, and two crickets). Although they are predators, the nocturnal habits of scorpions usually preclude their feasting being witnessed. The individuals we found had all been hunting around lights that lured insects during the night.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Phoebis sennae (cloudless sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Erynnis horatius (Horace's duskywing)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Asterocampa celtis (hackberry emperor, larva face)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Elasmia sp. (prominent, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus ponderosus (ponderous grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca sp. (bird grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp, with piece of caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Polacantha sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Xenox tigrinis (tiger bee flies mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug nymph, eating grass stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia poultoni (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Marpissa obtusa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Araneus bicentenarius (giant lichen orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion, with mites, eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Mites (Leptus sp.), larvae on scorpions
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Two-ridged Rams-horn (Helisoma anceps)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult, pupa & larva)
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult & pupa)
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
        Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray (adult & larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Unknown sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      mordellidae  Mordella sp.  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      cerambycidae  Stenelytrana gigas  Longhorn Beetle
        Moneilema armatum  Cactus Longhorn
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Eleodes fusiformis  Darkling Beetle
        Blapstinus sp.  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Dendrocoris humeralis  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      crabronidae  Tachytes sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
        Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (larva)
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Xenox tigrinis  Tiger Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      platystomatidae  Rivellia sp.  Signal Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
        Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

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

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Megaphasma denticrus  Giant Walkingstick

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (adult & eggs)

    araneae  araneidae  Araneus bicentenarius  Giant Lichen Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Marpissa obtusa  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      gnaphosidae  Sergiolus sp.  Ground Spider

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