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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although the morning started with uncomfortably hot and humid conditions, our six participants were delighted with the heavy downpour that brought this survey to an end. We sometimes find things that we cannot identify. These mysteries are recorded in photos with the hope of figuring out what they are at some later date. This week's most curious find, shown below, was a dried fungus with granular tubes sticking out of it, apparently made by insects.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Chinavia hilare (green stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Phymata sp. (ambush bug feeding on soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh

Chrysopa quadripunctata (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh

Gryllus sp. (field cricket)
photo by Val Bugh

Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (tubes sticking out of fungus)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (galls on post oak leaf)
photo by Val Bugh

Dorcasta cinerea (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Panoquina ocola (ocola skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

Pococera sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Dolba hyloeus (pawpaw sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh

Erinnyis obscura (obscure sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh

Erinnyis lassauxii (Lassaux's sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh

Oxyopes sp. (lynx spider, male eating ant)
photo by Val Bugh

Armadillidium vulgare (pillbugs sharing a bit of debris)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Eastern Screech-owl (Megascops asio)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
      noctuidae  Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth
      sphingidae  Dolba hyloeus  Pawpaw Sphinx
        Erinnyis lassauxii  Lassaux's Sphinx
        Erinnyis obscura  Obscure Sphinx
      geometridae  Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Pococera sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Unknown sp.  Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Elachista sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia hubbardi  Long-horned Beetle
        Dorcasta cinerea  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf Beetle (larva)
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Phymata sp.  Ambush Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
        Arboridia sp.  Leafhopper
      cixiidae  Oliarus sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Prionyx sp.  thread-waisted Wasp
        Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      stratiomyidae  Hedriodiscus binotatus  Soldier Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      chrysopidae  Chrysopa quadripunctata  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes sp.  Lynx Spider
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      corinnidae  Falconina gracilis  Ant-mimic Spider

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