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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was warm and sunny as a team of seven participated in this week's survey. The nymphs of herbivorous true bugs are often seen feeding alongside of adults. Sometimes they look quite similar except for the lack of wings, but a good number sport very different colors. The comparison of immature and adult Green Stink Bugs shown below illustrates this.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Panorpa nuptialis (scorpionfly, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Vitacea admiranda (clearwing moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spragueia guttata (spotted spragueia moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anticarsia gemmatalis (velvetbean caterpillar moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Spodoptera albula (gray streaked armyworm moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Bagisara sp. (moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Litodonta hydromeli (prominent, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Oebalus pugnax (rice stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Niesthrea louisianica (scentless plant bug, adult & nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Euphoria inda (hairy flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Mimetus sp. (pirate spider eating spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecobius sp. (wall spider eating termite alate)
photo by Val Bugh


Pipilo maculatus (spotted towhee)
photo by Harriett Wolf


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


Chrysemys picta picta (eastern painted turtle)
photo by Val Bugh


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Crested Millipede (Abacion sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (pupa)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      noctuidae  Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Spragueia guttata  Spotted Spragueia Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Spodoptera albula  Gray Streaked Armyworm Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent (larva)
        Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Pero meskaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
      gelechiidae  Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Emmelina monodactyla  Morning Glory Plume Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Anomoea rufifrons  Leaf Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera sp.  Checkered Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Euphoria inda  Hairy Flower Scarab
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Oncerometopus nigriclavus  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug (adult & nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
        Menosoma cincta  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      pteromalidae  Unknown sp.  Pteromalid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
        Oecanthus niveus  Narrow-winged Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick

    blattodea  polyphagidae  Arenivaga sp.  Sand Roach

    isoptera  termitidae  Tenuirostritermes sp.  Nasutiform termite (alate)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus coecatus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (eggs)
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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