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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The morning was cold and sunny as five volunteers completed this week's survey. Insects cannot internally regulate their temperature like mammals and birds, but, by basking in the sun and the vibration of their flight muscles, they do manage to stay warm enough to function. The setae, or hairs, on the thorax of some insects, such as the Variegated Meadowhawk shown below, help them to retain that heat in cold weather.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (scarab larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acinopterus angulatus (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum corruptum (variegated meadowhawk)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum sp. (sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes dorsalis (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Netelia sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Cynomya cadaverina (bluebottle fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus sollicitans (eastern saltmarsh mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudosermyle strigata (walking stick, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecaphesa sp. (crab spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Carpodacus mexicanus (house finch)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

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

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (pupa)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Unknown sp.  Scarab (larva)
      carabidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Beetle

    hemiptera  reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Acinopterus angulatus  Leafhopper
      aphalaridae  Pachypsylla sp.  Hackberry Psyllid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Netelia sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes aegypti  Yellow-fever Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus sollicitans  Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito
      limoniidae  Unknown sp.  Crane Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus varicornis  Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Parcoblatta sp.  Wood Roach (nymph)

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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