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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of five participated in this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. We've recently seen a lot of American Bumble Bees and the majority found in the Gardens are female workers. The first males of the year, which will mate with the future queens, have just appeared. Males (see below) are distinguished by their large size, all-yellow abdomen, and lack of pollen baskets.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Efferia sp. (robber fly, male)
photo by Dan Zinn


Hadrokolos texanus (robber fly eating ant alate)
photo by Val Bugh


Geron sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Xenox tigrinus (tiger bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus & Lasioglossum sp. (gray hairstreak & very tiny sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Perithemis tenera (eastern amberwing, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Nastra julia (Julia's skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca quinquemaculata (five-spotted hawk moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Darapsa myron (Virginia creeper sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Melipotis cellaris (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigela penumbrata (stippled sigela moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Microtheoris vibicalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchromius ocelleus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peoria tetradella (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Coleotechnites eryngiella (moth, 3.5 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Donacia sp. (aquatic leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Strigoderma arbicola (flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenors  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca quinquemaculata  Five-spotted Hawk Moth
        Darapsa myron  Virginia Creeper Sphinx
      geometridae  Pero meskaria  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Cochylis sp.  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
        Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Coleotechnites eryngiella  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Ladybird Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Ladybird Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Strigoderma arbicola  Flower Scarab
      curculionidae  Gerstaeckeria sp.  Cactus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Ceratina sp.  Small Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Tachypompilus unicolor  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant (male alate)

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Xenox tigrinus  Tiger Bee Fly
        Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
        Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Hadrokolos texanus  Robber Fly
        Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Argia translata  Dusky Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Pantala hymenaea  Spot-winged Glider
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Perithemis tenera  Eastern Amberwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      philodromidae  Tibellus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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