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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A cool, sunny and breezy morning felt great as a group of five completed this week's survey. Unfortunately, recent rains have produced abundant mosquitoes and they were hungry. While males were nectaring at (and pollinating) Shrubby Boneset, the females concentrated on obtaining their blood meal from us. The images below show how successful they were, in spite of our best defensive efforts.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating yellowjacket)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Peucetia viridans (green lynx with egg sac)
photo by Dan Zinn


Cyrpoptus sp. (fulgorid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Diolcus chrysorrhoeus (shield bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudosermyle strigata (walking stick)
photo by Val Bugh


Neochlamisus sp. (warty leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Plagiometriona clavata (clavate tortoise beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phengodes sp. (glowworm larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Euclea incisa (oak slug larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Ogdoconta tacna (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Antheraea polyphemus (Polyphemus larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemapogon defectella (moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Erinnyis lassauxii (Lassaux's sphinx)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Polites vibex (whirlabout)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquitoes, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquitoes, female)
photo by Val Bug


Rhamphomyia sp. (dance fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Protandrena sp. (bee)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

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

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (pupa)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Polites vibex  Whirlabout
      noctuidae  Ogdoconta tacna  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
      sphingidae  Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
        Erinnyis lassauxii  Lassaux's Sphinx
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
        Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
      limacodidae  Euclea incisa  Oak Slug (larva)
      tineidae  Nemapogon defectella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Neochlamisus sp.  Warty Leaf Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Longhorn Beetle
      phengodidae  Phengodes sp.  Glowworm (larva)
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Listroderes difficilis  Vegetable Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      fulgoridae  Cyrpoptus sp.  Planthopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito
        Culiseta inornata  Mosquito
        Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito
      empidae  Rhamphomyia sp.  Dance Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider

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