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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was cloudy, cool, and windy, but at least the rain stopped midmorning, as five volunteers participated in this week's survey. The order Entomophthorales contains fungi that attack insects (see example below). The fungus caused the infected fly to cling to the underside of a leaf and spread its wings in an uncharacteristic pose before it died. This is all to optimize the dispersal of the fungus' spores which are being produced by the rust-colored fuzz on the fly's body.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Actias luna (luna moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Thyris maculata (spotted thyris)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Glyphipterix circumscriptella (sedge moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Erynnis funeralis (funereal duskywing larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Arethaea ambulator (walking thread-legged katydid, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Euborellia sp. (earwig)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemognatha lurida (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Oxycopis mimetica (false blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Neokolla dolobrata (leafhopper which just shed its nymph skin)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (gall midge)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (flower fly larva, head at right - its skin is transparent!)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly killed by fungus)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (wolf spider with young)
photo by Val Bugh


Euglandina singleyana (striate wolf snail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva & pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper (larva)
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing (larva)
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
      erebidae  Catocala lineella  Little Lined Underwing
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Virbia sp.  Moth
      saturniidae  Actias luna  Luna Moth
        Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Unknown sp.  Moth (pupa)
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Macaria sp.  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Glaphyria fulminalis  Black-patched Glaphyria
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
      thyrididae  Thyris maculata  Spotted Thyris
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Chionodes trichostola  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      glyphipterigidae  Glyphipterix circumscriptella  Sedge Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus texanella  Texas Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus griseus  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Donacia sp.  Aquatic Leaf Beetle
        Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
        Derospidea brevicollis  Leaf Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  Firefly
      meloidae  Nemognatha luridas  Blister Beetle
      oedemeridae  Oxacis trirossi  False Blister Beetle
        Oxycopis mimetica  False Blister Beetle
      zopheridae  Hyporhagus sp.  Opossum Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      miridae  Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Plagiognathus politus  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Osbornellus scalaris  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
        Paraphlepsius irroratus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (nymph)
        Flatormenis sp.  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
        Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Unknown sp.  Flower Fly (larva)
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      muscidae  Unknown sp.  Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      pholcidae  Crossopriza lyoni  Cellar Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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