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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The weather was warm and cloudy with intermittent light rain as six volunteers completed this week's survey. The most familiar cockroaches are those that invade houses. There are other kinds, though, and they are important scavengers (the clean-up crew) in natural habitats. The small cockroach shown below is unusual in that, unlike almost all other species, it is diurnal, or active by day.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail)
photo by Lee Clippard


Eulithis diversilineata (lesser grapevine looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Sigela penumbrata (stippled sigela moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lipocosma polingi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Archips georgiana (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm processing plant material)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth larva)
photo by Dan Zinn


Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Alobates pensylvanica (false mealworm beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Saxinis sinuata (leaf beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Fazia micrura (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Atomosia melanopogon (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Lopidea major (plant bug)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Ceresa sp. (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia conica (planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudomops septentrionalis (pale-bordered field cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptomantispa pulchella (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktails mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (American white pelicans)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), dead adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult, larva & pupa)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
        Unknown sp.  Blue (larva)
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Leucania adjuta  Adjutant Wainscot (larva)
        Cucullia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
      erebidae  Sigela penumbrata  Stipled Sigela Moth
        Lesmone detrahens  Detracted Owlet
        Hypenula cacuminalis  Long-horned Owlet
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
        Actias luna  Luna Moth (pupa)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eulithis diversilineata  Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Rindgea cyda  Mesquite Looper Moth
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Mimoschinia rufofascialis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Arta epicoenalis  Arta Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Laetilia coccidivora  Moth
        Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Xenotemna pallorama  Moth
        Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma matutina  Moth
        Epiblema desertana  Leafroller Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      opostegidae  Pseudopostega albogaleriella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Saxinis sinuata  Leaf Beetle
        Metachroma suturale  Leaf Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
      cerambycidae  Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
        Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Alobates pensylvanica  False Mealworm Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria mozardi  Lizard Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus dimissus  Firefly
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga rubiginosa  June Beetle
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
        Discoderus aequalis  Ground Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil
      curculionidae  Anthonomus fulvus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephalus terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Heraeus plebejus  Seed Bug
        Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
      cydnidae  Sehirus cinctus  Burrowing Bug
      miridae  Prepops sp.  Plant Bug
        Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Lopidea sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Idiocerus sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanlonia laticosta  Planthopper (nymph)
        Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
        Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      pompilidae  Tachypompilus unicolor  Spider Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Anomalon sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Fazia micrura  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly (larva)
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Leptomantispa pulchella  Mantisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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