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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and mostly sunny as five participants conducted this week's survey. The damselfly pair shown below are engaged in the wheel position, part of the curious mating process typical of odonates. The male has already moved sperm produced from the tip of his abdomen to a second genital organ at the base. He is holding the female by the neck while she stretches her abdomen forward to receive the sperm.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Argia fumipennis (variable dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail, mating pair)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia poultoni (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug, freshly molted nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted ladybird)
photo by Val Bugh


Disonycha leptolineata (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxacis trirossi (false blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus flabellatus (Dallas short-winged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hirmoneura sp. (tangle-veined fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Clogmia albipunctata (moth fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Aetole bella (moths, mating pair)
photo by Val Bugh


Arta olivalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Alpheioides parvulalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydosia aurivitta (straight-lined cydosia)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpita quadristigmalis (four-spotted palpita)
photo by Val Bugh


Trachemys scripta elegans (red-eared slider, baby)
photo by Val Bugh


Graptemys versa (Texas map turtle)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Cydosia aurivitta  Straight-lined Cydosia
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Speranza graphidaria  Moth
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Palpita quadristigmalis  Four-spotted Palpita
        Desmia subdivisalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Arta olivalis  Arta Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Alpheioides parvulalis  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Epiblema abruptana  Leafroller Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird (adult & pupa)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird (larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Disonycha leptolineata  Flea Beetle
        Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      oedemeridae  Oxacis trirossi  False Blister Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas annulicrus  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      issidae  Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Svastra sp.  Digger Bee
        Anthophora sp.  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket (queen)
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      nemestrinidae  Hirmoneura sp.  Tangle-veined Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      psychodidae  Clogmia albipunctata  Moth Fly
      culicidae  Aedes aegypti  Yellow-fever Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus latipennis  Broad-winged Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Araneus bicentenarius  Giant Lichen Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver

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