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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was warm and mostly cloudy as eight participants completed this week's survey. The lady beetle shown below might look a bit pale; it has just emerged (eclosed) from its pupa. Its flight wings are still soft and can be seen protruding below the wing covers. The black legs visible under the empty pupa shell (exuviae) are part of the larval skin that was shed days ago when the beetle pupated.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Aphelocoma californica (western scrub-jay)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Chondestes grammacus (lark sparrow)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Archilochus colubris (ruby-throated hummingbird with pollen on its beak!)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon snake)
photo by Linda Chayra


Epiptera fusca (achilid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Entylia carinata (treehopper next to its eggs)
photo by Val Bugh


Triatoma sp. (kissing bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Hippodamia convergens (convergent lady beetle & exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Mecas marginella (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysobothris sp. (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Phaedon desotonis (coreopsis leaf beetle, larva & adult)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura hastata (citrine forktail)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysoperla sp. (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Lineodes interrupta (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Azenia obtusa (obtuse yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Hadena capsularis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus mystaceus (jumping spider)
photo by Dan Zinn

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Stone Centipede (Unknown sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (adult & larva)
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor (larva)
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio glaucus  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Morrisonia mucens  Gray Woodgrain (larva)
        Acronicta rubricoma  Ruddy Dagger
        Hadena capsularis  Moth
        Azenia obtusa  Obtuse Yellow
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Tarache tetragona  Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Heteranassa mima  Moth
        Matigramma sp.  Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Isturgia dislocaria  Pale-veined Isturgia
        Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm (larva)
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth (larva)
        Cochylis caulocatax  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (adult & larva)
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
        Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Xanthonia sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Derospidea brevicollis  Leaf Beetle (larva)
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Ophraella communa  Leaf Beetle
        Pachybrachis texanus  Leaf Beetle
        Phaedon desotonis  Coreopsis Leaf Beetle (adult & larva)
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      cerambycidae  Mecas marginella  Longhorn Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
        Acmaeodera neglecta  Metallic Woodborer
        Chrysobothris sp.  Metallic Woodborer
      dytiscidae  Thermonectus nigrofasciatus  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus verbasci  Carpet Beetle
      curculionidae  Hypera postica  Weevil
        Rhinocyllus conicus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Darmistus crassicornis  Broad-headed Bug
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Unknown sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Holcostethus limbolarius  Stink Bug
        Cosmopepla lintneriana  Stink Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Triatoma sp.  Kissing Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      achilidae  Epiptera fusca  Planthopper
      membracidae  Ophiderma sp.  Treehopper
        Entylia carinata  Treehopper (adult & eggs)
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      tenthredinidae  Unknown sp.  Common Sawfly (larva)

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Neacreotrichus sp.  Bee Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      calliphoridae  Cynomya cadaverina  Bluebottle Fly
        Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner (exuviae)

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (egg)

    araneae  tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      araneidae  Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Hogna sp.  Wolf Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      salticidae  Thiodina sp.  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus mystaceus  Jumping Spider
      theraphosidae  Aphonopelma sp.  Tarantula

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