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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a very hot and sunny morning as six volunteers completed this week's survey. The Thread-legged Bug shown below is one of the most unusual looking assassin bugs. Although it resembles a walkingstick, it can fly, has raptorial front legs (like those of a mantis), and eats other insects.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Salvadora grahamiae lineata (Texas patchnose snake)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Anasaitis canosa (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Thiodina puerpera (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Emesaya brevipennis (thread-legged bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Dynastes tityus (eastern Hercules beetle)
photo by Dan Zinn


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Erynnis funeralis (funereal duskywing)
photo by Val Bugh


Systasea pulverulenta (Texas powdered-skipper - look at those hairy legs!)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, with pollen covered face)
photo by Val Bugh


Pimpla sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly eating bee)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Ocyptamus fascipennis (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Telebasis salva (desert firetail nymph about to molt)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia fumipennis (variable dancer, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher, female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's blue
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Microtheoris ophionalis  Yellow-veined Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx
      tortricidae  Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica balteata  Banded Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Scymnus sp.  Ladybird Beetle (larva)
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Dynastes tityus  Eastern Hercules Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula maculifrons  Eastern Yellowjacket
        Vespula squamosa  southern yellowjacket
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      ichneumonidae  Pimpla sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Xenox tigrinus  Tiger Bee Fly
      asilidae  Efferia tuberculata  Robber Fly
        Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia fumipennis  Variable Dancer
        Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Pantala sp.  Glider

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider

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