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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

We had a cloudy, warm morning as seven volunteers completed this week's survey. A classic example of animal-assisted pollination is shown in the hummingbird photo below. The blossom color of Big Red Sage lures the birds to partake of nectar while they invariably rub their heads against the anthers and stigmas of the flowers. Note the large globs of pollen on the bird's head!

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebe fledglings)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Archilochus alexandri (black-chinned hummingbird)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Dan Zinn


Lestes alacer (plateau spreadwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Mexoleon papago (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Oecetis sp. (long-horned caddisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cetexa sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhynchomitra microrhina (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phylloscelis atra (black leaf-leg)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Brochymena sp. (rough stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chalybion sp. (blue mud dauber)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (torymid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Parcoblatta sp. (wood roach)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Misc.:
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Ponometia venustula  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Schinia volupia  Painted Flower Moth
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
      glyphidoceridae  Glyphidocera lactiflosella  Five-spotted Glyphidocera
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
        Ophraella communa  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Leptostylus transversus  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug (nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Cetexa sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Gyponana sp.  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper
      dictyopharidae  Phylloscelis atra  Black Leaf-leg
        Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen sp.  Cicada (exuviae)
        Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Megachile fortis  Leaf-cutter Bee
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Eumenes sp.  Potter Wasp (nest)
      torymidae  Unknown sp.  Torymid Wasp
      pteromalidae  Unknown sp.  Pteromalid Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
        Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
        Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
        Euaresta sp.  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    blattodea  blattelidae  Parcoblatta sp.  Wood Roach

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Mexoleon papago  Antlion

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly
      leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Unknown sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly
        Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes acleistus  Lynx Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      agelenidae  Unknown sp.  Funnel Weaver
      araneidae  Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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