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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Two participants completed this week's survey under warm, cloudy and drizzly conditions. The strength of insects relative to their size is sometimes simply amazing. We watched the lone ant shown below haul a dead beetle several feet in just a few minutes. After briefly turning the beetle over to photograph it for identification purposes, we returned it to the anxious ant, which then continued on as if nothing had happened.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Otala lactea (garden snail)
photo by Val Bugh

Centruroides vittatus (striped bark scorpion)
photo by Val Bugh

Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ant dragging ground beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Trypoxylon sp. (wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Diadasia rinconis (digger bee)
photo by Val Bugh

Callibaetis sp. (small minnow mayfly)
photo by Val Bugh

Archasia auriculata (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Asphaera lustrans (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Pachybrachis hector (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Dichopetala catinata (spoon-tailed short-winged katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Cisthene tenuifascia (lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hypoprepia miniata (scarlet-winged lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Tripudia luxuriosa (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Isturgia dislocaria (pale-veined isturgia)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa cardui (painted lady larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Acronicta rubricoma (ruddy dagger larva)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Misc.:
    Polydesmid Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Acronicta rubricoma  Ruddy Dagger (larva)
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird-dropping Moth
        Tripudia luxuriosa  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
      crambidae  Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth (adult & larva)
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Arta ochracealis  Arta Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Pachybrachis hector  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      carabidae  Notiobia sp.  Ground Beetle
        Bembidion rapidum  Ground Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle

    hemiptera  rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Ceratocapsus sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Smilia camelus  Treehopper
        Archasia auriculata  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Diadasia rinconis  Digger Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      crabronidae  Trypoxylon sp.  Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver

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