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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A five-person team conducted this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. When an insect gets caught in its web, the Black and Yellow Garden Spider immobilizes it with a "wrap attack," using large amounts of aciniform silk. Hundreds of strands of extra-strong silk hold the prey (a honey bee in the example shown below) securely while the spider then gives the killing bite.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Papilio glaucus (eastern tiger swallowtail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Callophrys gryneus (juniper hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh


Zerene cesonia (southern dogface)
photo by Val Bugh


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Astrotischeria sp. (leafminer moth, only 3 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Blastobasis sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ephestiodes sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca sexta (Carolina sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Brachynemurus sp. (antlion)
photo by Val Bugh


Scymnus sp. (lady beetle, 2 mm long, top & bottom views)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphyrocoris obliquus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Diapheromera sp. (walkingstick)
photo by Val Bugh


Condylostylus sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex dorsalis (digger wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes fuscatus (northern paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp with paralyzed prey)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider eating flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Argyrodes elevatus (silver dewdrop spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider wrapping honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenors  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio glaucus  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
      crambidae  Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
      tischeriidae  Astrotischeria sp.  Leaf-miner Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Zabrotes sp.  Seed Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes fuscatus  Northern Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sphex dorsalis  Digger Wasp
        Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
        Auplopus mellipes  Spider Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Diapheromera sp.  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      myrmeleontidae  Brachynemurus sp.  Antlion

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      theridiidae  Argyrodes elevatus  Silver Dewdrop Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
        Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Naphrys acerba  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Plexippus paykulli  Pantropical Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper

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