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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm and cloudy as six volunteers completed this week's survey. The skin of some herbivorous immature insects is nearly transparent. This allows the color of their food to show through, helping them match the plant they are on. Note below the pink tint of the katydid after eating Rose Pavonia flowers and the Ogdoconta caterpillar after eating the blossoms of Zexmenia.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pepsis sp. (tarantula hawk dragging paralyzed tarantula)
photo by Lee Clippard


Thiodina puerpera (jumping spider hiding in its retreat)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Xysticus sp. (crab spider eating stink bug, attended by freeloader flies)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa parkinsoniae (large carpenter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktails mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (meadow katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecanthus varicornis (tree cricket nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachybrachis turbidus (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Philonthus sp. (rove beetle, with wings hidden then extended)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Mozena lunata (mesquite bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Scolops pungens (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno luteostrigella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Elasmia sp. (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Omphalocera cariosa (barberry webworm)
photo by Dan Zinn


Ogdoconta tacna (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Ogdoconta tacna (moth larva, 3 seconds later)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Polydesmid Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Anaea andria  Goatweed Leafwing (larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      riodinidae  Calephelis sp.  Metalmark
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Odgoconta tacna  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      notodontidae  Elasmia sp.  Prominent (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Iridopsis sp.  Moth (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
      crambidae  Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
      pyralidae  Omphalocera cariosa  Barberry Webworm (larva)
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Cryptocephalus leucomelas  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      carabidae  Anisodactylus sp.  Ground Beetle
      hybosoridae  Hybosorus illigeri  Scavenger Scarab
      elateridae  Aeolus scutellatus  Click Beetle
      staphylinidae  Philonthus sp.  Rove Beetle
      dermestidae  Unknown sp.  Dermestid Beetle (pupa)

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Jadera haematoloma  Red-shouldered Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Unknown sp.  Stink Bug (eggs)
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Gyponanasp.  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Scolops pungens  Planthopper
        Phylloscelis atra  Black Leaf-leg
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk
      formicidae  Pseudomyrmex sp.  Twig Ant (alate)
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Mallophora fautrix  Robber Fly (exuviae)
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
        Tephritis sp.  Fruit Fly
      milichiidae  Unknown sp.  Freeloader Fly
      tachinidae  Michrophthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
        Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket (adult & nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    blattodea  blattelidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  hemerobiidae  Sympherobius sp.  Brown Lacewing

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus coecatus  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      araneidae  Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula

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