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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and mostly sunny as six participants completed this week's survey. There have recently been a good number of American Bumble Bees seen in the garden; almost all of them female workers. Shown below is a male, distinguishable by his larger size, more extensive yellow color, and lack of pollen baskets on the hind legs. In spite of not collecting pollen for the nest, he is still pollinating plants - note the white residue on his face!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra)
photo by Linda Chayra


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Phoebis philea (orange-barred sulphur, a very worn female)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Datana diffidens (prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Erinnyis obscura (obscure sphinx, warming its flight muscles)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer moth)
photo by Linda Chayra


Microtheoris ophionalis (yellow-veined moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphaenothecus bivittata (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Ataxia crypta (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Epicauta nigritarsis (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Hoplitimyia mutabilis (soldier fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Neodiplocampta miranda (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail, red female color form)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner's shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail,
pruning zexmenia in the Display Gardens)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Kricogonia lyside  Lyside Sulphur
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
        Datana diffidens  Prominent
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (adult & egg)
      sphingidae  Erinnyis obscura  Obscure Sphinx
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
      cosmopterigidae  Triclonella determinatella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
        Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      tineidae  Monopis sp.  Moth
        Oenoe hybromella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle (adult & larva)
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
        Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
        Anelaphus moestus  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta nigritarsis  Blister Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      curculionidae  Gerstaeckeria sp.  Cactus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha sp.  Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
        Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Sinea sp.  Spined Assassin Bug
        Triatoma gerstaeckeri  Kissing Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Nomada texana  Cuckoo Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      scoliidae  Trielis octomaculata  Scoliid Wasp
        Scolia nobilitata  Scoliid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Aphoebantus sp.  Bee Fly
        Neodiplocampta miranda  Bee Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hoplitimyia mutabilis  Soldier Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.nbsp; Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ishnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner's Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion
        Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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