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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Although it was sunny, the cold wind made this week's survey a challenge for our three participants. One of the largest animal families is the Ichneumonidae, in the order Hymenoptera. Ichneumons, three examples of which are shown below, look like wasps, but do not have stingers (a visible "tail" is always an ovipositor, or egg-laying organ). Many species are distinctively colorful but hard to identify because of the sheer number of possibilities; there is no comprehensive field guide for this group!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anthophora capistrata (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Protandrena sp. (bees, mating pair & interloper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Limax flavus (slug)
photo by Val Bugh


Brachypnoea tristis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cyrtolobus fenestratus (treehoppers)
photo by Val Bugh


Smilia camelus (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptoglossus brevirostris (leaf-footed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphyrocoris obliquus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Taedia sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Peleteria sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Thaumatomyia sp. (frit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Phigalia strigataria (small phigalia, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Nematocampa resistaria (horned spanworm, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)

  • Misc.:
    Slug (Limax flavus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Anthocharis midea  Falcate Orangetip
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Acronicta lepetita  Dagger Moth (larva)
        Psychomorpha epimenis  Grapevine Epimenis (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia (larva)
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird (adult & larva)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea tristis  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
        Smaragdina militaris  Leaf Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Ptosima laeta  Redbud Borer
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus brevirostris  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
        Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Pseudoxenetus regalis  Plant Bug
        Tropidosteptes quercicola  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Nysius sp.  False Chinch Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
        Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  membracidae  Cyrtolobus fenestratus  Treehopper
        Ophiderma sp.  Treehopper
        Smilia camelus  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      psyllidae  Pachypsylla venusta  Hackberry Petiole Gall Psyllid (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Anthophora capistrata  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Ancistrocerus unifasciatus  Mason Wasp
      gasteruptiidae  Gasteruption sp.  Carrot Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown spp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      chloropidae  Thaumatomyia sp.  Frit Fly
      stratiomyidae  Nemotelus sp.  Soldier Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysopa quadripunctata  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider

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