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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had hot and partly sunny conditions as our team of six completed this week's survey. Insects with exceptionally long antennae sometimes possess the moniker "longhorn." One example is the male bee shown below, its gender easy to distinguish by antenna length. The longhorn beetle also pictured has antennae well over twice as long as what is included here; I had to crop them off to show more detail of the insect's body!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Peucetia viridans (green lynx)
photo by Val Bugh


Sassacus vitis (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Val Bugh


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh


Melissodes sp. (digger bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Toxomerus politus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum mexicana (black flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota deceptiva (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Hippopsis lemniscata (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Diplotaxis sp. (scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Ormenis sp. (flatid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Coleophora sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia semiflava (the half-yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Eacles imperialis (imperial moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cudonigera houstonana (juniper budworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio multicaudata (two-tailed swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps valliceps), tadpoles

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & egg)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
        Ponometia semiflava  The Half-yellow
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird-dropping Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Bulia deducta  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm Moth
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent
        Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Eacles imperialis  Imperial Moth
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
        Sphinx dollii  Doll's Sphinx
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Rindgea cyda  Moth
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
        Coleophora sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Leptostylus transversus  Longhorn Beetle
        Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
        Hippopsis lemniscata  Longhorn Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Glyptotus cribratus  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota deceptiva  Blister Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Svastra sp.  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      scoliidae  Scolia dubia  Scoliid Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      chalcididae  Unknown sp.  Chalcid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus politus  Flower Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      asilidae  Polacantha sp.  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Euaresta bellula  Fruit Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ishnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick (nymph)

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Sassacus vitis  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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