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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eight enjoyed cool and sunny conditions for this week's survey. Parasitoids are parasites that kill their host. They are important biological controls of plant eating insects. In the example shown below, the dead caterpillar is packed with a mass of wasp larvae ready to pupate. The mother wasp laid one egg into the host. That egg divided into many identical embryos until the caterpillar was filled with all the tiny wasps it could support.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lycia ypsilon (woolly gray larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Litodonta hydromeli (prominent larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. & Copidosoma sp. (dead caterpillar filled with
encyrtid wasp larvae, each of which is only 1 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail larva eating its old skin)
photo by Val Bugh


Pontia protodice (checkered white)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch, very worn after flying from Mexico!)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Acrolophus mortipennella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anomoea laticlavia (clay-colored leaf beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Mermiria sp. (slant-faced grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ocyptamus fascipennis (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Aquarius remigis (water strider, with prey)
photo by Val Bugh


Prepops sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Sphex lucae (digger wasp excavating nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (sapygid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Bufo nebulifer (gulf coast toad tadpole)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysemys picta picta, Graptemys versa & Trachemys scripta elegans
(eastern painted turtle, Texas map turtle & red-eared slider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

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

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Snake (Unknown sp.), shed skin
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)
    Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)
    Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
      papilionidae  Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Ozarba aeria  Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (adult & larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      notodontidae  Litodonta hydromeli  Prominent (larva)
      euteliidae  Marathyssa inficita  Dark Marathyssa (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
        Actias luna  Luna Moth (pupa)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lycia ypsilon  Halfwing (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Pseudogalleria inimicella  Inimical Borer Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth (exuviae)
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (pupa)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Anomoea laticlavia  Clay-colored Leaf Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Ophraella communa  Leaf Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Nemognatha lurida  Blister Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
        Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      membracidae  Smilia camelus  Treehopper
        Cyrtolobus arcuatus  Treehopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Osmia sp.  Mason Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      sapygidae  Unknown sp.  Sapygid Wasp
      encyrtidae  Copidosoma sp.  Encyrtid Wasp (larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
        Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia munda  Kiowa Dancer
        Unknown sp.  Damselfly (exuviae)
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    raphidioptera  raphidiidae  Agulla bicolor  Snakefly

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
        Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider

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