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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our 200th survey since the 2010 initiation of this program turned out to be quite interesting in terms of weather, beginning with warm conditions and rain, then gradually clearing to partly sunny and hot. Six volunteers participated. Nearly all insects with wings are adult and they will not molt again during their life. Mayflies are an exception to that rule; the subimago (penultimate stage) has functional, though cloudy-looking, wings, as shown below. This stage will last only a day and the insect will molt one more time before reaching sexual maturity.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenonema femoratum (flat-headed mayfly, subimago)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia sp. (dancer, teneral)
photo by Val Bugh


Cylas formicarius (sweet potato weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Plochionus timidus (ground beetle hiding under an old spider web)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth larva,
also called puss caterpillar or asp)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak with torn back wings)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Myodocha serripes (long-necked seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Texananus excultus (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Euborellia annulipes (ring-legged earwig)
photo by Val Bugh


Crematogaster laeviuscula (acrobat ant workers & male alates)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa celer (crab spider eating termite alate)
photo by Val Bugh


Pardosa sp. (wolf spider with egg sac)
photo by Val Bugh


Bradybaena similaris (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Succinea sp. (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh


Trachemys scripta elegans (red-eared slider)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Carduelis psaltria (lesser goldfinch begging for food)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Snake (Unknown sp.), skin
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)

  • Mollusks:
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Land Snail (Polygyra cereolus)
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (adult & larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Adelphia petrella  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (larva)

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Pachybrachis turbidus  Leaf Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Longhorn Beetle
        Sternidius alpha  Longhorn Beetle
      carabidae  Plochionus timidus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
      brentidae  Cylas formicarius  Sweet Potato Weevil
      curculionidae  Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus  Cocklebur Weevil
        Epicaerus sp.  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
        Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Euaresta sp.  Fruit Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      muscidae  Unknown sp.  Muscid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia sp.  Dancer (teneral)
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    isoptera  termitidae  Gnathamitermes perplexus  Long-jawed Desert Termite (alate)

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes sp.  Lynx Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Araneus bicentenarius  Giant Lichen Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Pardosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa celer  Crab Spider

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