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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm and sunny as five volunteers completed this week's survey. Several species of true bugs (hemiptera) feed on Prickly Pear Cactus; their sucking mouthparts create small round unsightly discolorations on the plants. One such insect is the tiny mirid shown below, currently found in large numbers within the Gardens.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Eulithis diversilineata (lesser grapevine looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eucosma salaciana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Homoeosoma electella (sunflower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lochmaeus bilineata (double-lined prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Villa lateralis (bee fly)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Stictomyia longicornis (picture-winged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mason wasp with caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenelytrana gigas (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pnirontis infirma (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Ormenis sp. (flatid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Prosapia bicincta (two-lined spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh


Eustala sp. (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Euglandina singleyana (striate wolf snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

  • Misc.:
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Polydesmid Millipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (pupa)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (pupa)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (pupa)
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Lochmaeus bilineata  Double-lined Prominent (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eulithis diversilineata  Lesser Grapevine Borer Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
      crambidae  Loxostege allectalis  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Salebriaria pumilella  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      gelechiidae  Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Phaedon sp.  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Hyperaspis trifurcata  Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Batyle suturalis  Longhorn Beetle
        Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
        Stenelytrana gigas  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Pnirontis infirma  Assassin Bug
        Empicoris sp.  Assassin Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Menecles insertus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Trypanalebra maculata  Leafhopper
        Ceratagallia sp.  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      formicidae  Pheidole sp.  Big-headed Ant (alate)
        Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant (alate)
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
        Euodynerus pratensis  Mason Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      chrysididae  Unknown sp.  Cuckoo Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      ulidiidae  Stictomyia longicornis  Picture-winged Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia chrysopila  Soldier Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tipulidae  Nephrotoma sp.  Tiger Crane Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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